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Proposal opens space for payment of a new round of emergency aid; text follows for analysis by the Chamber of Deputies, where it will be processed in an emergency regime

DIDA SAMPAIO / ESTADÃO CONTENT – 12/15/2020 Senate

On the morning of this Thursday, 4, the Senate approved, by 62 votes to 14, the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) known as Emergency PEC, in a second round vote. The proposal, reported by the senator Marcio Bittar (MDB-AC), opens space for the payment of new installments of the emergency aid. – the article authorizes the federal government to borrow R $ 44 billion to pay the benefit. The text was approved in the first round, on Wednesday night, 3, by 62 votes to 16. All the highlights that could change the content of the article were rejected, including one from the Workers’ Party (PT), which defined in R $ 600 the benefit amount. 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. Now, the article goes on to analyze the Chamber of Deputies, where it will proceed with urgency regime, according to the President of the House, Arthur Lira (PP-AL).

Wednesday’s session was marked by attempts by the opposition to remove the government’s proposed fiscal counterparts from the text. Senator Alessandro Vieira (Cidadania-SE) presented a prominence proposing that the PEC should be divided in two, with only part being the forecast of the emergency aid, arguing that the benefit is “very urgent” and that the topics should not mix. “Approval of the request will allow us to have, with legal certainty, the resumption of emergency aid and will allow you to discuss and debate all of these control measures in such a way that we do not harm too much those who already support a heavy load, States, municipalities, public servants and citizens, who are in need because they do not have access to aid that, due to a political choice, is not paid, ”he said.

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