The Chamber of Deputies generally approved the Omnibus Law by 144 votes in favor and 109 against, with the support of the PRO, the UCR, We Make the Federal Coalition and Federal Innovation and, on the contrary, the rejection of Unión por la Homeland and the left. However, the game is far from over for the Government. The treatment of the project will resume on Tuesday with an article by article vote of the little more than 220 that remained in the law (the original text had 664), and several could be rejected.
The ruling party and the “dialogue” blocs still have to overcome differences on privatizations, the delegation of powers, the Guarantee Fund and the sharing of Country Taxes, a key issue for the provinces and the negotiation with the governors. In addition, the ruling party is concerned about the fragmentation of the allied blocs.
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Radicalism is internal between De Loredo and deputy Facundo Manes. In We Make the Federal Coalition, Miguel Ángel Pichetto, Juan Manuel López, Margarita Stolbizer and Mónica Fein coexist. The differences within the spaces are great.
The Government believes that 90% of the remaining articles of the Omnibus Law will be approved on Tuesday in the Chamber of Deputies and Javier Milei himself does not hesitate to strain the relationship with the provincial leaders. “Without half-sanction of the law, there is no fiscal agreement. They are going to have to approve it because they have no other choice, they need the funds. The provincial coffers are going to bleed if they do not accompany,” they told TN from very close to the president.
Deputies approved the Omnibus Law in general (REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian). By: REUTERS
The fight that awaits the ruling party in the Senate
If the particular articles are approved, the project will go to the Senate, which can approve, reject or return it with its corrections. If there is any modification and Deputies accept it, the text will be approved by the reviewing chamber, in this case the Senate. But if Deputies insist with the original wording, they will need to reach the same majority of 144 votes or a higher one than that of the Senate for the text they approved on Friday to be sanctioned.
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New and harsh negotiations await the ruling party in the Chamber led by Vice President Victoria Villarruel. La Libertad Avanza has only 7 senators of its own, so it needs another 30 senators from the opposition to have a quorum to meet. In the Senate, Unión por la Patria weighs heavily with 33 senators. In addition, several senators respond to the governors of their provinces, who could take the opportunity to try to tie up loose ends and renew pressure for the fiscal pact.
The vice president and head of the Senate, Victoria Villarruel (Photo: NA).
“In the Senate the discussion starts from scratch,” a senator from a dialogue bloc warned Clarín. “Here begins another negotiation. And it will be tougher than that of Deputies because there are several senators who do not have a governor as their leader,” said another.
Although the Government seeks to shorten the treatment in the Senate, the legislators anticipated that they want “front-line” speakers, such as the Minister of Economy, Luis Caputo, whose absence in the Deputies earned him harsh crosses with Miguel Ángel Pichetto.
Villarruel has not yet made it known which commissions will intervene in the treatment of the project or which senator will preside over the plenary session. Furthermore, it is likely that the Senate will not be able to discuss the project in the chamber before the end of the extraordinary session period, which expires on February 15, which would force Milei to extend it again. The initial date, January 31, reveals that the Government was overly optimistic.
It is worth mentioning that since the inauguration of the new Government, the Single Ballot project, promoted by the ruling party and a part of the “dialogue” opposition, was blocked in the Senate due to the lack of votes to approve it. Although, in recent days, the opposition was also unable to move forward with the treatment of the Emergency Necessity Decree since Vice President Victoria Villarruel did not call a session.