congress suspends session that votes on Milei’s reform

congress suspends session that votes on Milei’s reform
congress suspends session that votes on Milei’s reform
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The Argentine Chamber of Deputies suspended, on the night of Wednesday, January 31, the plenary session that should vote on the omnibus bill, one of the main reform fronts of the government of the president, Javier Milei (photo).

Plenary activities are scheduled to resume at 12pm this Thursday, February 1st.

The session to vote on the omnibus law began at 10 am this Wednesday.

The first 11 hours of discussion, which ended with the suspension of the session this evening at 9pm, were dragged out.

In total, only 18 deputies had the floor.

In an attempt that resembles the distance to filibuster of the American Congress, some opposition deputies used their time to discuss banalities, such as complaints about the Chamber’s elevators.

The only relevant movement in the plenary was the attempt by Kirchnerist Peronists to resend the text for evaluation by the thematic commissions.

The request was rejected in a vote: 103 votes in favor and 149 against.

At the time of the suspension of the session, as the President of the Chamber, Martín Menem, recalled, 140 deputies needed to speak before the basic text of the project could be voted on.

The expectation is that the basic text will be voted on this Thursday afternoon.

From then on, the Chamber plenary will vote on individual highlights for the more than 300 articles in the project, which originally had 664.

This phase of voting could last, according to some estimates, until Saturday, February 3rd.

Violence outside

Throughout the afternoon, a group of picketers associated with the non-Peronist left gathered in front of the Congress of the Nation.

They were the same ones who carried out the first act against the Milei administration, on December 20th.

This time, the group, which numbered a few hundred people, advanced onto the police cordons formed to prevent traffic obstruction in the region — the government has implemented an anti-picketing protocol for these situations, which involves police action and cuts in benefits. social.

Picketers partially blocked traffic on Avenida Rivadavia, which runs past Congress, for a few minutes on a few occasions.

The police force on site, which did not involve the Buenos Aires city police, used batons, shields and pepper gas to contain the blockades.

Throughout the protest, vandals attacked journalists, one of whom was spit on.

What concessions has Milei already made in the ómnibus law?

The expectation is that the omnibus bill will undergo further changes, in addition to cutting more than half of the articles from the original text.

In the early hours of last Wednesday, January 24, the Chamber’s thematic committees gave majority approval (majority dictate) to the government’s resolution on the text, after negotiations between the base and the dialogist opposition, notably including provincial governors.

Since then, more changes have been announced.

On Friday, January 26, the Minister of Economy, Luis Caputo, stated in a press conference that the entire tax reform chapter of the project was cut to facilitate the approval of the text.

The articles that make up this chapter will probably be dropped in the highlights voting phase.


The article is in Portuguese

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