The government includes assistance to taxi drivers in the PEC dos Combustíveis;  the total cost exceeds BRL 40 billionEntertainment 

The government includes assistance to taxi drivers in the PEC dos Combustíveis; the total cost exceeds BRL 40 billion

Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom / Brazilian AgencyPlenary of the Senate
The journalist says the text will be taken to the senate after analyzing government data and technical notes

plenary session e Federal Senate seeks to reach a consensus on Proposal for amending the Constitution (PEC) creating state of emergency to allow the creation and expansion of social programs. Among other things, the text increases Auxílio Brasil payments from R $ 400 to R $ 600; increases Auxílio-Gás every two months by $ 53, allocates resources for free transportation for seniors and for concessions to States as a tax credit for ethanol, in addition to creating a diesel coupon 1 thousand R $ for truck drivers, as diesel assistance. However, despite the adjustments promoted by the rapporteur, the senator Fernando Bezerra Coelho (MDB), the discussion is surrounded by a stalemate and discussions have progressed slightly since this Wednesday, 29. On the one hand, senators criticize the package of measures in an election year and, on the other hand, government supporters advocate expanding benefits .

The opposition disputes the decree of the state of emergency in the country and describes the alternative as an electoral maneuver. In fact, Senator Jean Paul Prates (PT) proposed withdrawing the mechanism, which would prevent the expansion and creation of any social benefit. “The state of emergency is a very difficult thing to decree due to the incompetence of the management,” he said, noting that the systematic price increase used as an excuse for the emergency decree was predictable and therefore not can be used to justify. economic and electoral maneuvers. “This government has never had an interest in social policies. Now, less than 100 days before the election, he presents this CEC, a way to circumvent the election law. And it is presented as the savior of the 33.5 million Brazilians who are hungry “, added Senator Zenaide Maia (PROS).

On the other hand, the government proposes the inclusion of another social program, with transfers of funds to taxi drivers, due to the increase in gasoline. Senators Eduardo Braga (MDB-AM), Flávio Bolsonaro and Carlos Portinho (PL) argue that, as a coupon for truck drivers, workers who depend on CNG and petrol should be given some sort of benefit, proposing help with the impact of R. $ 2.5 billion. “It is a total of 2 billion dollars for taxi drivers and the implementation of this will be done by regulations, initially through the Caixa Econômica Federal. “$ 500 million in relation to Alimenta Brasil,” said Flávio Bolsonaro.

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