Federal government awaits approval of PEC Emergency by the Chamber to edit provisional measure authorizing new round of benefit
The new rounds of emergency aid they should vary between R $ 250 to R $ 375, depending on the beneficiary’s profile, and will cover around 44 million Brazilians between March and June. According to leaders in the Congress, the provisional measure that restores the benefit will be forwarded by the federal government after the vote on the Emergency Constitution Amendment Proposal (PEC) by the Chamber of Deputies. The text was approved this Thursday, 4th, by the Senate, and should be put to debate in the plenary of the Chamber next Wednesday, 10. The matter passed with the amendment to limit the spending on emergency aid at R $ 44 billion. THE Young pan, a parliamentary leader stated that the benefit will be R $ 250 for most people, with an increase of 50%, or R $ 375, for women who are responsible for the source of family income. In the last edition, women breadwinners received twice the amount.
The text that opens space in the Budget for emergency aid passed this morning with 62 votes in favor and 16 against. All the highlights that could change the content of the article were rejected, including one from the Workers’ Party (PT), which defined the amount of the benefit at R $ 600. The text foresees measures that can be adopted in case of non-compliance with the Union’s spending ceiling to the inflation of the previous year and the resumption of the assistance benefit. THE Emergency PEC it does not describe the rules for the return of the benefit. Points such as the value of the installments, the number of people served and the extent of payments will be consolidated by a provisional measure authored by the federal government. The text debated by parliamentarians, however, gives support for the measure to remain outside the spending ceiling, the rule that limits the Union’s costs to the previous year’s budget, readjusted by inflation. On the other hand, PEC determines austerity measures to compensate for the increase in expenses. The menu proposes a tax adjustment mechanism if the expenses of the Union, state or municipality exceed 95% of current revenues. These restrictions are defended by the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, and may include the suspension of public tenders, the creation of positions or the increase of benefits.
Emergency aid consumed approximately R $ 320 billion from public coffers in 2020, according to data from the Ministry of Economy, representing the largest expenditure of the measures adopted by the federal government in combating new coronavirus. The distribution started in April, with installments of R $ 600 and R $ 1,200, and is expected to extend over three months. The measure was renewed for another three months from the second semester, and again in September, but with the amounts reduced by half. Approximately 67 million Brazilians were benefited by the measure last year. In December 2020, Guedes reiterated that the aid would not be resumed. The position of the head of the economic team did not withstand pressure from Congress after the pandemic worsened and the delay in immunization. The speech changed, and Guedes said that the government had money for new installments and that the benefit would be released upon approval by Congress of measures to prevent the surge in public spending.