Thursday, April 15, 2021

Joint Commission approves basic text of the 2021 Budget

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The Joint Budget Committee (CMO) of the National Congress approved on Thursday afternoon the basic text of the Budget this year, which should be analyzed by the National Congress this Thursday.

The general rapporteur for the proposed Annual Budget Law (LOA), Senator Marcio Bittar (MDB-AC), presented a complementary vote, changing his final opinion to reallocate resources and respond to the demands of colleagues, who pointed out the risk of stoppages of works and activities.

“The Budget that came into our hands … is a budget that prevents actions from the Ministry of Infrastructure, the MDR (Ministry of Regional Development)”, said the rapporteur, at the meeting this Thursday, citing the Water Program in the Northeast and Transposition of the São Francisco River.

“The Ministry of Economy was to send this solution to this Commission from where to get the resource, but it did not send it. And we – on duty, as Brazilians, to help the government, to help Brazil – do we actively participate in the solution where to get the resource that we are approving today, so that these ministries have their budget recomposed, and works so fundamental for Brazil are not paralyzed “, he argued.

There are already sessions of Congress convened for the afternoon of Thursday to vote on the LOA. Due to the pandemic, two remote sessions will be held: at 3 pm for deputies, and at 6 pm for senators.

The proposal should have been voted on by Congress as late as last year. The delay brought serious management restrictions to the government, with some agencies pointing out the risk of delays in the payment of civil servants’ salaries.

While the Budget is not approved, only mandatory and “unavoidable” expenses can be made up to the limit of 1/12, each month, of the amount foreseen for each body in the budget project of the year. In addition, Congress is also unable to authorize the breach of the golden rule, which prohibits the government from borrowing to cover current expenditures.

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