The Senate plenary approved, this Thursday (30), the Proposal for a Constitutional Amendment (PEC) 1/2022, which expands the values of Auxílio Brasil, gas assistance and also creates benefits for truck drivers and taxi drivers. The text was approved in two rounds and is now being analyzed by the Chamber of Deputies.
The PEC brings a series of measures: increase from R$ 400 to R$ 600 in the value of Auxílio Brasil; jump from R$53 to R$120 in gas assistance, which is equivalent to one cylinder every two months; aid of R$ 1 thousand for truck drivers; benefits for taxi drivers registered until May 31 of this year; free transport for seniors; injection of R$ 500 million for Alimenta Brasil, a program that purchases foodstuffs from family farmers to pass on to families experiencing food insecurity; and a transfer of up to R$ 3.8 billion in credits to maintain the competitiveness of ethanol in relation to gasoline.
To make the so-called “benefits package” viable, the PEC brings with it the establishment of a state of emergency, which allows the investment made to not be subject to the Spending Ceiling.
In the first round, the PEC received 73 favorable votes against a rejection, while in the second round the score was 67 against one. The opposite vote was by Senator José Serra (PSDB-SP). There were no abstentions. The proposal received support from all the House benches (MDB, PSD, PL, Progressistas, Podemos, PT, PSDB, União Brasil, PTB, Pros, Republicans), but was approved with reservations and criticism from the opposition.
Senator Paulo Paim (PT-RS), for example, highlighted that the country is currently facing a serious crisis, with an increase in informality, high inflation, the return of high prices and economic recession and high interest rates. He and other senators recalled that the opposition is critical of the lack of more consistent social assistance and related policies in the Bolsonaro government, which brought the aid package to the surface only in the vicinity of the elections.
“From everything I’ve said, of course I’m going to vote yes. It would be an inconsistency [não votar]but I would also like to vote, in the near future, on other proposals that fight hunger and misery, poverty, lack of housing, health, basic sanitation and also the basic income of citizens”, he said, lamenting the absence of a permanent policy to help the most vulnerable people.
He recalled that the proposal to establish a basic income has already been approved in the country, but it still lacks regulation, which prevents the implementation of the policy.
“And why don’t we also vote on the policy of valuing the minimum wage? We also have to tax large fortunes, profits and dividends. There are more than five projects here in the Senate”, he amended, as he demanded the vote also on issues that could be better attended. the population in the medium and long term, as “a large project of affordable housing” and investments in land titling for quilombolas and indigenous people and in agrarian reform.
Editing: Thalita Pires