After postponement, House committee should vote on Benefits PEC this Thursday

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The special committee in the Chamber that analyzes the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) of Benefits should vote on the text of the rapporteur, Danilo Forte (União Brasil-Ceará), this Thursday (7).

The vote was postponed during the early hours of Wednesday (6th), after a tense session, with arguments between parliamentarians.

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Opposition deputies tried to obstruct the discussion and eventual vote on the PEC. Although the opposition voted in favor of the PEC in the Senate, parliamentarians in the Chamber who do not support the government of the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro (PL), say that the measure is electoral and aims at reelection.

The Benefits PEC provides for the recognition of the state of emergency in 2022 and a package of BRL 41.25 billion in aid outside the spending ceiling three months before the elections.

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The text creates an aid of R$ 1,000 for truck drivers and an as yet undefined amount for taxi drivers, in addition to expanding Auxílio Brasil to at least R$ 600 per month and the gas voucher to around R$ 120 each two months, among other points. These measures would be valid until December 31 of this year.

In addition, it grants assistance of BRL 2.5 billion until December 31, 2022 to help pay for the right to free access to the elderly in urban, semi-urban and metropolitan public transport provided for in the Elderly Statute. The amount will be transferred to the Union, states, the Federal District and municipalities.

The project also creates aid for states that grant ICMS tax credits to hydrous ethanol producers and distributors, with a total estimated budget of R$3.8 billion.

The text provides for the recognition of the state of emergency in 2022 in the country – which authorizes, in practice, the flexibility of the spending ceiling and the creation of the aid package.

Source: CNN Brasil

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