Amid frenetic negotiations, the debate on the Omnibus Law this afternoon was approaching the conclusion of a key chapter, but not definitive for its approval. The Executive made concessions, but maintains conflicting points. The governors – with strong legislative weight – are putting pressure while waiting for some signal from the Nation for resources to the provinces and are returning to the fight for the co-participation of the PAIS tax. Still without a closed agreement, the vote in particular would be left for next week.
The conversations between the dialogue blocs and the ruling party intensified in the last hours to try to unlock at least a general approval this Friday. According to parliamentary sources, it would have been agreed to hold a fourth intermission and leave the vote article by article for Tuesday.
The Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Francos, arrived at the Lower House in the afternoon, key in the link between the Executive and the provincial leaders, although some opposition leaders doubt his decision-making power.
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Considering the number of speakers signed up, the new “issues of privilege” with which the session resumed this afternoon and the discussions between legislators due to the previous night's clashes between protesters and security forces, a vote was not expected until earlier. of 17.
The Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Francos: the government's envoy to negotiate with the deputies. (Photo: NA).
While the session continued with the presentations in the venue, representatives of the PRO, the UCR and the Hacemos Federal Coalition (headed by Miguel Pichetto, including representatives such as Emilio Monzó and Nicolás Massot) entered the office of the president of the Lower House, Martín Menen, and spaces such as the Civic Coalition and Cordoban Peronism, which responds to Martín Llaryora and presses hard on the issue of co-participation). Minister Franco participated in the meetings.
In these blocks they reported that the possibility of including the COUNTRY tax again in the reform package was being negotiated – which the Executive withdrew when it decided to remove the entire “fiscal chapter”, along with the increase in withholdings and the suspension of the retirement formula -, and establish that around 21% of what is collected is shared with the provinces.
“What the governors are asking for are resources. Whether it is the PAIS tax, money laundering or eliminating privilege regimes, or whatever, the Executive can define it. But they are waiting for a sign that the fiscal pact and co-participation will be discussed,” said an important opposition deputy, aware of the conversations, after midday.
Outside of the governors' proposals, which some believed could delay or hinder approval in general – but also hypothetically complicate the future process in the Senate – there were still other points that the dialogue blocs continued to question, despite the new proposal. of the project that the Government made on Thursday.
Among the opposition groups, it was well received that the Government reduced the number of companies to be privatized, reinforced parliamentary control and enabled the possibility of voting by group of companies, and not a closed package with all of them.
Thus, in some sectors of the UCR and the blocks linked to provincial leaders they assure that it would have great chances of advancing, although the approval of all of them is not guaranteed.
On the other hand, as TN reported, after the clashes in the streets in front of Congress and the arrest of a radical militant, the Security chapter, which includes changes in the criteria of legitimate defense and resistance to authority and aggravation of penalties, does not It contradicts the votes of the UCR, but neither does that of numerous deputies from the other dialogue groups.
“That article was already difficult. “In these days they have shown that this cannot be handed over to this government,” stated a radical deputy.
Questions were also raised about the repeal of part of the Law to Strengthen the Sustainability of Public Debt approved in 2021, which would enable the Executive to restructure and take on debt in foreign currency without going through Congress.
It was also difficult, considering the signals sent from the dialogue blocs, to approve the reform chapter in Culture and the opposition's doubts continued regarding the delegation of powers to the government with regard to the organization and functioning of the national Public Sector, and It would allow, among other things: “Centralize, merge, transform the legal classification, reorganize, dissolve or suppress, totally or partially, bodies or entities.”