posted on 9/19/2022 2:52 PM / updated on 9/19/2022 2:53 PM
(credit: Federal Senate)
In a remote meeting, held on the morning of this Monday (19/9), the college of leaders of the Federal Senate discussed funding sources for the nursing salary floor, suspended by the Federal Supreme Court (STF). The Court followed the opinion of the rapporteur Luís Roberto Barroso, in the understanding that Congress must present the source of the funds to guarantee the floor. In the decision, Barroso said he was afraid that raising the floor without a source of funding would impact the quality of the public service.
The president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG), presented a series of measures to be analyzed, among them, the use of secret budget resources to pay the floor and reverse the decision of the Supreme Court that suspended the bill 2.564/ 2020 (nursing floor) approved in August in Congress. Pacheco should still talk to Paulo Guedes, Minister of Economy, and the president of the STF, Luiz Fux.
According to the minority leader, Jean Paul Prates (PT-RN), the measure would have pleased even the leadership of the federal government, occupied by Senator Carlos Portinho (RJ-PL). In Prates’ opinion, using the secret budget budget earmarked for health — around R$ 10 billion — to pay for the nursing floor is a faster path, but it would need support in both houses to approve a Constitutional Amendment Proposal ( PEC) and allow the Budget Rapporteur-General to do so.
“The election had part of its agenda taken over by the secret budget. We will officially bring that proposal this week, adding to that initial list discussed by leaders,” he said.
“The atmosphere of the meeting was calm and consensual. Of these R$ 10 billion resources, he is already in health, but is open to all types of destination. Much of this is parochial, the big criticism of the secret budget is using a disproportionate amount of the budget to individualize care, in addition to the individual amendments that already have this purpose. What are we doing? Recomposing what belongs to health, which will be used to compose the nursing floor”, he added.