President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva| Photo: EFE/ Andre Borges

Support within the Chamber of Deputies for the text of the new fiscal framework by the Minister of Finance, Fernando Haddad, cost the release of at least R$ 1.2 billion in parliamentary amendments. The text, which had the support of the president of the House, deputy Arthur Lira (PP-AL), was approved by 372 favorable votes and now goes to the Senate.

This new release of amendments took place on the eve of the vote on the new fiscal framework by the Chamber, according to data from Siga Brasil, a platform of the National Congress. The amount released is part of the R$ 21.2 billion reserved for 2023 of the so-called individual amendments.

According to the government, the resources will be sent to the electoral bases of deputies and senators to increase the budget reserved to pay for Primary Health Care services. Such as People’s Gazette showed, despite the victory in the text of the new fiscal framework, deputies and senators put pressure on the Lula government through the processing of several Provisional Measures that are being processed in Congress.

The main clash occurs over the MP that deals with the restructuring of the Esplanada dos Ministérios and that enabled the creation of several portfolios for the government. The rapporteur of the matter, deputy Isnaldo Bulhões (MDB-AL), promoted a series of changes in the text, which has already provoked criticism from members of the Planalto.

Among the changes, Bulhões intends to transfer the Financial Activities Control Council (Coaf) from the Ministry of Finance to the Central Bank, just as it was in the management of former President Jair Bolsonaro (PL). Despite this, the emedebista accepted the Planalto’s request and maintained the extinction of the National Health Foundation (Funasa).