Saturday, December 5

Congress votes on amendments to the 2021 PGE

Pedro Sánchez and María Jesús Montero.

Pedro Sánchez and María Jesús Montero.

The Congress celebrates this Thursday the second day of the debate on the General Budgets for 2021 starting with the intervention of United We Can and ending with the vote on the project, which the Government, except for last minute surprises, is assured to “save” by gathering a large absolute majority to reject the seven amendments to the totality presented to it.

The debate on the totality of the public accounts began this Wednesday at twelve noon, when the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, took the rostrum to defend the budget project and continued in the afternoon, when the parliamentary groups requesting his return did the same, marching from highest to lowest.

Thus, the first to intervene in the afternoon session of the Plenary was the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, who was followed by the Vox spokesperson, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, and the members of the Plural Group (of which only the Junts and the BNG) and the Mixed (of which only the CUP, Foro Asturias and Coalición Canaria did). And with all of them the minister had the option to debate after hearing their position.

The PSOE will close

This Thursday It will be the turn of the rest of the groups that have not amended all of the Budgets, also in order from highest to lowest, United We can be the first to intervene. After the confederal group it will be the turn of Esquerra Republicana (ERC), Ciudadanos, the PNV, Bildu and the PSOE, which will be the last to go up to the rostrum.

Then, all seven amendments will be voted in one go while they all demand the same thing, the return of the Budget project to the Government, a procedure that the Government plans to overcome since it only needs to gather more votes in favor than against.

The PSOE and United We Can, with its 155 deputies, already add more votes than those in favor of returning the Budgets to the Government (151), but it is also that for this vote it has the complicity of the other formations, favorable to continue processing the project to negotiate its content.

Widens most

So, the Government has ‘fattened’ the majority that facilitated the investiture last January by Pedro Sánchez. Specifically, the block that allowed the re-election of the president, either by vote in favor (PSOE, Unidas Podemos, PNV, Más País, Compromís, Nueva Canarias and Teruel Existe) or by its abstention (Esquerra Republicana and EH-Bildu), Citizens, the four deputies of PDeCAT and the Regionalist Party of Cantabria (PRC) have now joined, who voted against it in January. Along the way, yes, it has lost the BNG, which presented a total amendment.

Unlike what happened in January 2019, when the Budgets that the PSOE Government had agreed with Podemos were overthrown by the opposition in the first vote, causing the calling of the elections on April 28 of that year, now the two partners are assured of a comfortable absolute majority to save this situation.

Once the total vote for next week is over, the Budget project will continue its processing in a presentation and in the committee to debate the partial amendments presented by the groups.

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