Monday, January 17

Government extends Budget 2021 after setback in Congress

The Chamber of Deputies today rejected the Government Budget project and left open the possibility of administering state funds without the law of laws.

The opposition triumphed by 132 votes in favor, 121 against and one abstention in the voting of the law, held shortly before 10:30, causing a hard political defeat to the ruling bloc.

The ruling Front of All suffered a double political defeat, since minutes before it had lost another vote (128 against 122 and 4 abstentions), for the initiative to be discussed again in the Budget and Finance Committee.

The ruling coalition must now manage public resources without law, as happened in 2011 when then-president Cristina Kirchner had to manage without a budget.

Now the Executive Power must determine if it decides to extend this year’s Budget and condition the expenses via DNU and administrative decisions.

The ruling party sought to negotiate the votes during the marathon session to obtain approval and, seeing that it did not obtain them, offered to return the project commission to continue the debate on the games for next year.

But, regarding the closure, the intervention of the head of the block of the Frente de Todos, Máximo Kirchner, provoked the anger of the opposition who asked to suspend the list of speakers and vote on the project.

“It is powerfully striking that in the face of a very serious situation, those who left this country with a debt of 44 billion dollars have this position,” said Máximo, which aroused the boo of the opposition bench against the legislator who constantly repeated “learn to listen “.

“I wish they had had such a meticulous and keen look in the past, those who are the opposition to ask that such a debt pass through this Congress to take care of our democracy”, completed Kirchner, who finished: “Perhaps it was cowardice to send that project, so let’s vote and let’s finish with the show. “

Immediately, the opposition deputy Cristina Ritondo reacted: “They do not want to talk when they win, or when they lose.”

And he recalled about when the PRO was the Government: “They never voted for us a Budget in the Capital, never in the Province and never the Government of Mauricio Macri.”

He also demanded that the ruling party “learn to dialogue because politics is consensus.”

Then the head of the opposition group, Mario Negri, warned the ruling party that “mistakes are paid and responsibility must be assumed.”

“They did not want to believe that they had a majority, when they had a minority for this project and what they have to do is not have a fever, nor do they offend,” he added.

Negri added that if the ruling party had accepted the commission when they proposed it, “they would not have been 24 hours generating verbal violence in this room and our attitude would have been different,” after which he asked for a vote on the project that the ruling party lost.

The deputy of Together We Are Río Negro Luis Di Giácomo had proposed to postpone the treatment of the project and that the initiative return to committee for analysis, in order to find a point of agreement.

The Frente de Todos accompanied the proposal and spokespersons from other opposing blocs leaned in favor, such as the Federal Interblock and sectors of Juntos por el Cambio.

The speeches of Graciela Camaño (Federal), Juan Manuel López (Civic Coalition), Rodrigo de Loredo (UCR-Evolution) expressed their support to postpone, although they did not stop reproaching the ruling party for criticism in the debate, but the session collapsed after Máximo Kirchner’s speech.