With no consensus to guarantee approval and still under construction, the proposed amendment to the Constitution (PEC) for the overflow should reach the Senate next week. This Thursday (24), the author of the article and rapporteur for the 2023 Federal Budget, Senator Marcelo Castro (MDB-PI), said he will file the text by next Tuesday (29).
The expectation of the transition team was that the PEC was already built and tied this week, to be discussed and voted on by the Constitution and Justice Commission (CCJ) on Tuesday. The delay is due to the need to articulate with other parliamentarians who are not part of the allied base of president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT).
“The two major challenges we have for the country to continue functioning are the approval of the Bolsa Família PEC and next year’s Budget. So that we can focus on preparing the 2023 Budget, we need the PEC to be approved by the Senate and the Chamber until the 10th of December”, stated Castro.
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The PT is in a hurry to approve the PEC and admits that time is a hindrance. Therefore, it works to fine-tune the text in order not to encounter too many barriers when the procedure begins. “I will file the text of the PEC so that we can speed up the approval of the matter in both Houses and guarantee the continuity of the payment of BRL 600 from Bolsa Família and another BRL 150 per child up to 6 years old”, added Castro.
The initial idea of the transitional government was that the PEC would have all the necessary amount to pay the increase in the Auxílio Brasil. The BRL 105 billion already foreseen in the 2023 Budget, to guarantee BRL 405 of the benefit, would serve to pay for other campaign promises, such as a real increase in the minimum wage, in addition to programs in the area of health, education and works that did not have budget planned for next year.
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The breach in the spending ceiling would be permanent, or would last at least for the next four years, according to the proposal sought by the PT. However, there is no consensus for anything other than guaranteeing an increase in Brazil Aid only for 2023.