76 days before the end of the year and with a series of proposals pending in the National Congress, the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, today pinned the President of the Senate, Davi Alcolumbre (DEM-AP), saying that he is “a little busy “seeking re-election to the Presidency of the House. Other parliamentarians were cited by the minister, but among those who are “helping a lot” on the economic agenda.
“Congress is doing a wonderful job. They are working on the projects, everyone is working. Every week our team sits down with their team. The Mayor, Rodrigo Maia, is very helpful. The government leader in the Chamber, Ricardo Barros , (the deputy) Arthur Lira (PP leader in the Chamber), they are helping us a lot. Senate President Davi Alcolumbre is a little busy with his re-election to the Senate, but he has some free time and is coming with us to discuss this, “said Guedes at an event in English promoted by XP Investimentos.
Alcolumbre has been working to try to make his reappointment feasible, although the Constitution says that, in the first year of each legislature, the Chamber and Senate must meet “for the investiture of its members and election of the respective Tables, for a term of 2 ( two) years, the re-election to the same position in the immediately subsequent election is prohibited “.
The election of the Congress summit is scheduled for February 2021. An action filed with the Federal Supreme Court (STF) is considered an alternative to allow reelection, if the ministers understand that the election of the Board of Directors of the Chamber and Senate is a matter that it is up to the congressmen themselves.
This thesis is already defended by the Attorney General’s Office (AGU), which was interpreted behind the scenes of the STF as a sign that the government of Jair Bolsonaro is not opposed to the reappointment of Alcolumbre and Maia – which could also benefit from the decision . The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) adopted the same understanding.
The arm wrestling around the succession in command of the National Congress has stopped some crucial points for the advancement of the economic team. So far, the Joint Budget Committee (CMO) has not been installed, delaying the discussion of the Budget Guidelines Law (LDO) of 2021 – a step prior to the Budget itself and which, if not approved in 2020, may leave the government without legal basis for paying expenses such as wages and retirement benefits.
The dispute for the command of CMO has as background the battle for the Presidency of the Chamber, but it is up to Alcolumbre the decision to mark or postpone the call for the installation of the collegiate. One of the candidates, deputy Elmar Nascimento (DEM-BA), told the Broadcast last week he informed the president of the Senate that he preferred to “go to vote”.
Municipal elections have also been a major factor in slowing Congress down between October and November. Periods of “white recess” have already been set, without votes, so that parliamentarians can return to their bases to reinforce campaigns for candidates for mayor.
Despite saying that Alcolumbre is “a little busy” with the re-election, Guedes sought to emphasize that he has been talking with the Senate president about proposals that are awaiting a vote in the House, such as the autonomy of the Central Bank and the new bankruptcy law.
The Economy Minister also said that President Jair Bolsonaro “is committed to supporting our changes”, but also recognized the chief’s electoral interests. “He is careful, of course, there is an election coming. So he jokes ‘you had a year to do this, you want to do it in the next three days, four days, there will be a lot of noise’,” he said.