Deputies try to "fine-tune" Supplementary Budget under the shadow of the "brake law"

Opposition parties seek to insert proposals into the final document through understandings with the Government or “negative coalitions”. Work takes place at the Budget and Finance Committee throughout the day and may continue until Wednesday.


The discussion and vote on the Supplementary Budget specialty will fill out this Tuesday and should continue until the following morning in the Parliament's Budget and Finance Committee, with dozens of proposed amendments submitted by the various parliamentary groups and deputies unique to the document approved in general only with the favorable votes of the PS bench. But each of the initiatives that will be on the table risks running into the interpretation of the Government and socialist deputies that changes cannot be accepted that entail a financial effort that is not covered by previously budgeted funds.

Invoked by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, to apply the veto to the diploma that extended social support to the managing partners of micro and small companies that suffered the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the “brake law” takes a risk to be one of the most repeated expressions in the work of the parliamentary committee. The other expression being "negative coalition", in the sense that some proposals may be entered in the Supplementary Budget thanks to the combination of wishes of the elected representatives of all parties other than the PS.

That being the case in records support for managing partners and extraordinary unemployment benefit, the Executive has argued that the available financial slack is not significant, seeking to contain the interests of the deputies of the former “contraption” to find support in the right-most benches to increase the social response to the many thousands of Portuguese affected by the effects of the public health crisis.

Even so, the coordinator of the Left Block, Catarina Martins, has already reported on an agreement with the PS to include in the Supplementary Budget “two measures of elementary justice in the economy”, which consist in the impossibility of companies based in offshore receive public support and that banks cannot deduct from IRC the amounts paid under the extraordinary solidarity contribution.

Less has been the optimism shown by the PCP regarding the acceptance of its proposals in the field of wages and jobs, reinforcement of the National Health Service (SNS), support for micro and small companies and social protection. The Central Committee meeting this weekend resulted in a very negative assessment of the Supplementary Budget, considered “an instrument of an even more marked inequality and injustice in the distribution of income between capital and labor”, and Jerónimo de Sousa even said that he did not the communists' vote is defined in the final vote, which will take place on Friday.

On the contrary, Rui Rio announced on Saturday that the PSD should make the Supplementary Budget viable in the final global vote, which should go through abstention, as it generally did. For the Social Democratic leader, this is the decision that must be taken in the name of the national interest, presumably even if the proposed amendments presented by the party do not prevail in the specialty, such as the increase in the number of vacation days and the creation of performance for SNS workers.

Among the many other proposals that will be discussed in the Budget and Finance Committee include the contracting of consultations, examinations and surgeries in the private and social sectors (CDS-PP), the prohibition on granting bonuses to managers and administrators of companies that are receiving support (PAN), a young IRS with a gradual reduction in the percentages of income covered over four years (Liberal Initiative) or payments equivalent to risk subsidies for all professionals in the first line of the fight against Covid-19 (Enough) .

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