Centrão and Lula agreed to share the funds for the change

The president-elect’s leaders and allies are negotiating between the government and parliamentarians to share the 19.4 billion rials of change.


Congressional leaders and allies of President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT) are negotiating an agreement between the government and parliamentarians to share R$19.4 billion from the rapporteur’s changes, which was ruled unconstitutional by the STF (Federal Supreme Court). this Monday (19).

The distribution of these changes among political allies has strengthened House and Senate leadership in recent years. The practice, which puts the decision on billions in the budget in the hands of congressmen and is used for political bargaining, was criticized by Loulan during the election campaign.

After the STF’s decision, allies of House Speaker Artur Lira (PP-AL) and Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG) began maneuvering for Congress to continue in power. values ​​are already reserved for reporter changes.

The idea was to shift the funds to other kinds of changes, such as commission changes, that might have openings for new political negotiations to free up the money. In doing so, Congress wanted to control these changes.

Lula’s interlocutors then began negotiating with Congress’ top leadership about the future of the rapporteur’s amendment resources in the 2023 budget proposal.

Negotiations began on Monday night, the same day the STF buried the rapporteur’s amendments.


According to parliamentarians involved in the discussions, the idea is to split the R19.4 billion equally between individual amendments (to which all MPs and senators are entitled) and discretionary resources to fund ministries; this returns part of the money to Lula. government and would present a concession made by the Centre.

However, the division is still under discussion. Some of Lira’s allies, for example, are advocating that the second half be allocated to bench changes instead of the discretionary resources of the ministries, which could also be classified as investments by Lula’s portfolios.

The negotiations that started on Monday evening can be a step forward for the elected government. Lula’s allies did not expect to regain control over the entire amount of the rapporteur’s changes (19.4 billion roubles), but progress in negotiations with the center will mean a victory for the president-elect.

The terms of the agreement are discussed by the leaders of the parties this Tuesday morning (20) in the official residence of the Presidency of the House.


If there is the understanding of the majority of the leaders, then the PEC (Constitution Amendment Proposal) Statement of Expenditure can be amended to include the addition of binding amendments (enforcement), as the amendment must be a constitutional amendment;

In another room of the residence, the Bolsonarian MPs had a quick meeting with Arthur Lira. At the meeting, it was planned to talk about the decisions of the PSS, such as the decision that buried the amendments of the reporter, which they saw as an interference of the judicial power in the legislature.

During the meetings of the last two days, according to the parliamentarians’ reports, the Parliamentary Assembly objected to the PEC opening the possibility for the elected government to amend the fiscal anchor through a supplemental bill.

The party demanded that the change be made by the new PEC, which requires more votes.


Another point that has been discussed is the change in the period that would mean that change for additional government spending.

The text approved by the Senate provides for a two-year validity, but a group of parties such as the PP, PL, Republicans and União Brasil have advocated for Congress to approve a one-year spending license. This will force Lula to renegotiate the 2024 budget adjustments in 2023.

Giving these parties license to spend more than a year is a loss of bargaining power for Congress in Lula’s new term.



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