In an attempt to attract more support for the so-called “PEC of Precatório”, the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), published an official norm early this Wednesday night (3) to dispense with biometric registration parliamentarians who are on official mission outside the House. The measure applies to sessions and meetings.
The idea is to allow these deputies to participate in the vote on the Constitutional Amendment Proposal (PEC) 23/2021, which can be evaluated by the plenary on this date and faces resistance even among benches of parties aligned with the Bolsonaro government.
Em manifestação feita nas últimas horas pelo Twitter, a deputada Perpétua Almeida (PCdoB-AC), uma das vice-líderes da oposição, disse que o documento assinado por Lira representa “a Câmara se desmoralizando para ajudar Bolsonaro”.
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In an interview with Brazil in fact, she recalled that the measure represents a reversal in relation to a previous norm edited by the Board of Directors of the Chamber. The House is in the process of returning to work 100% in person.
“15 days ago, the board issued a resolution prohibiting online voting, if the deputy did not have a presence in the House, and [informando] that anyone who missed the session [presencial] could no longer vote from his state. Now, to garner votes for the ‘Calote PEC’, President Arthur changes the board’s decision to ensure sufficient voting”.
In practice, Lira’s initiative allows parliamentarians who are on an official trip to Scotland to be present at the vote. The country hosts the United Nations Conference on Climate Change 2021 (COP26), which has been taking place since the 31st and attracted the presence of different deputies, authorities and other Brazilian leaders.
To approve the PEC, the government needs 308 favorable votes, the so-called “qualified quorum”, as it is an amendment to the Federal Constitution. The evening plenary session of this Wednesday (3) will be the fourth time that the Bolsonaro administration and its interlocutors in Congress will attempt to vote on PEC 23.
On the other occasions, there was neither the necessary majority support nor a quorum to guarantee the Planalto Palace a predictive security of the scoreboard to put the measure to the vote without the risk of losing the dispute.
The measure establishes a ceiling for the payment of debts resulting from condemnatory court decisions – the so-called “precatório” – that penalize the Union. According to the government, the idea is to open a fiscal slack in the public coffers to help finance the program that should succeed Bolsa Família, the so-called “Auxílio Brasil”, which has not yet been officially presented.
One of the main controversies related to the text is the fact that PEC 23 compromises the payment schedule of resources to be channeled to the education area through precatories owed by the Union to certain states and municipalities. The funds in question are related to debts related to the budget flow of the former Fund for the Maintenance and Development of Elementary Education and the Valorization of Teaching (Fundef).
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Edition: Vinícius Segalla