On Wednesday the 16th, the team of the future government presented to the top of Congress the draft of the so-called PEC of the Transition, which removes from the limit of the spending ceiling a series of expenses destined to the fulfillment of campaign promises, such as the maintenance of the value of the Aid Brazil in 600 reais and the real increase in the minimum wage.
If it depends on president-elect Lula, the spending license provided for in the PEC will not have an expiration date, but it is almost certain that this idea will not be approved. For this reason, PT members admit a concession: that the permission to drill the ceiling is valid for four years, the time of Lula’s third term. The problem is that even this alternative does not seem palatable to a good part of the parliamentarians, including members of the allied base of the future government.
Away from the spotlight, lawmakers claim that the current composition of Congress cannot take any decision with an impact beyond 2023, because, if that is done, it will be usurping a competence that should be reserved for deputies and senators who will take office next year. Furthermore, they argue that if Lula is given a license to spend indefinitely or for four years, she will be free to negotiate with Congress on this issue. Without negotiation, there are no counterparts.
Chief Minister of the Civil House of Jair Bolsonaro and leader of the Centrão, licensed senator Ciro Nogueira said he agrees with the drilling license only for 2023. President of the Constitution and Justice Commission (CCJ) of the Senate and Lula’s ally, Davi Alcolumbre (União-AP) has already expressed to members of the government transition team, such as the future senator Wellington Dias (PT-PI), that he finds it difficult for Congress not to put a time frame on the PEC.
“The PEC will be more like Ciro Nogueira than Wellington Dias”, says one of the most experienced politicians in the country. “There are no fools in Congress. The majority there wants to leave Lula as a beggar”.