By Maria Carolina Marcello
BRASILIA (Reuters) – The president of the National Congress, Senator Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG), expressed the expectation that the Legislature will vote, later this week, on the Budget Guidelines Law (LDO) of 2023.
Congress has already convened a session for this Tuesday, but the LDO, which provides for the imposition of the controversial amendments by the rapporteur to the Budget, will not be put to a vote. Senators and deputies will dedicate themselves this afternoon to the analysis of vetoes that lock the agenda.
“We must do (the vote on the LDO) as the last act of the National Congress, which I hope will be at the end of this week. If it’s not possible, we still have the next week to appreciate the LDO,” Pacheco told reporters.
“We are going to start a session of the National Congress right now…. if there is a need to extend this session to the end of this week, Thursday or Friday, we will continue to do so, to deliberate all vetoes. There are also PLNs pending consideration by Congress and the vote on the Budget Guidelines Law (LDO), which we will also be responsible for appreciating it before the recess,” he said.
The Constitution establishes that the Legislature can only go into recess if the LDO is voted on by July 17th.
Parliamentarians, however, adopt the so-called white recess, when they are unable to complete this process in time.
Approved last week by the Joint Budget Committee (CMO) of Congress, the LDO project contains an excerpt that determines the imposition of the rapporteur’s amendments.
The text of the LDO that will be voted on in Congress was built from the report by Senator Marcos do Val (Podemos-ES) to the LDO project. The text, in fact, makes the execution of the so-called rapporteur’s amendments mandatory, but according to the rapporteur, it also emphasizes their transparency.
The difficulty in obtaining information about amendments to past budgets –names of parliamentarians covered by the amendments, for example– was harshly criticized and was even the subject of a lawsuit in the Federal Supreme Court (STF), which determined the disclosure of information.
The imposition of the amendments is also questioned in an action filed last week by parliamentarians at the Supreme Court.
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