“The ball is on the Government's side,” said this Thursday afternoon an opposition deputy willing to support most of the Omnibus Law, but not the entire package. Even without certainty as to when the project could be voted on – some predict at dawn – the meetings and negotiations continue in the Lower House.
With the climate heated inside the venue by the protests, outside the venue the dialogue opposition blocks are waiting for a response from the Executive that avoids a defeat for the ruling party in key chapters such as privatizations or the delegation of powers. On the other hand, after the arrest of a radical militant and the threats against a deputy, the Security chapter is also at risk of being rejected.
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After the fourth intermission that was resolved on Friday night, the session was reactivated after noon this Thursday, when more than 140 speakers were still registered. Before, the main representatives of the PRO, the UCR, We Make the Federal Coalition and Federal Innovation met with Martín Menem.
Treatment of the Omnibus Law in the Chamber of Deputies. President of the Lower House, Martín Menem. (NA Photo: MARCELO CAPECE)By: Marcelo Capece
According to some legislators, José Rolandi, second to the Chief of Staff, Nicolás Posse, also participated. However, they assured, no agreement was reached regarding the proposals that the dialogue blocks have been making.
Around 6:00 p.m., Karina Milei, who was meeting with Menem, along with presidential spokesperson Manuel Adorni, arrived at the Lower House. The Secretary of Parliamentary Relations, Omar de Marchi, also walked the hallways.
As reported, the main point of conflict continues to be privatization. The UCR (which has 34 deputies), HCF (which has 23 members, led by Miguel Pichetto, largely linked to governors, but also the Civic Coalition and socialism) and Federal Innovation (which responds to leaders of provincial forces) anticipate that if the chapter remains the same, it will be rejected.
The chamber of the Chamber of Deputies. (Photo: pressCongress)
The project leaves 37 public companies fully and 3 partially eligible to be privatized. In the dialogue blocs they intend to be able to vote company by company – which would allow several to be approved, considering that there are deputies who will not accompany the closed package of companies, but some of them will – and add a little more parliamentary control to the privatizations.
“We have been proposing alternative wordings, something halfway so that we can vote at least in part, opening the business package. For now we are waiting. That's not how the votes are. We made a proposal, the Government should respond,” they warned this afternoon in radicalism.
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They gave the same signal in the federal blocks, where they expected from the Executive some response that would guarantee, for the governors to whom they respond – former Together for Change, Córdoba Peronism and provincial forces – that there will be serious discussion of a new fiscal pact that include a recomposition after the loss caused by the elimination of the Income Tax.
Debate in the Chamber of Deputies of the Omnibus Law promoted by the president, Javier Milei (Photo: NA – Marcelo Capece).
Despite the negotiations, in the middle of the second day of debate in the Chamber of Deputies, the Executive – although it would have guaranteed approval in “general” – not only would it not have guaranteed the votes to approve the privatizations in particular, but neither would the delegation of powers without changes, nor the reform in Cultural.
Nor, a priori, does the Security chapter, which includes modifications in the criteria of legitimate defense and resistance to authority, that radicalism, after the episodes in the streets in front of Congress and the recent arrest of a militant, had even less intentions to accompany you 24 hours before.