PS asks again to postpone voting on Big Options to 2021-25


The PS asked, again, to postpone the vote on Grandes Options to 2021-2025, three months after the first postponement, in April, at a time when the necessary votes to pass in parliament were not guaranteed.

Sources from the parliamentary committee on Budget and Finance told Lusa this Tuesday that the request to extend the period for considering the Government’s bill was delivered on Monday by the PS bench and should be voted on at the Wednesday meeting .

On April 29, the vote on the overall Great Options bill for 2021-25 was postponed, at the request of the PS, at the end of a debate in parliament in which the PSD announced a vote against.

The request for discharge without a vote, for 60 days, to the Budget committee was made by the government party, the PS, and Nelson Souza, Minister of Planning, admitted, during the parliamentary debate, three months ago, to dialogue with the opposition ” to improve” the document.

In the debate, the PSD criticized the Government’s Great Options and announced that it would vote against, and the PCP’s parliamentary group also admitted this hypothesis, which raised the scenario of the law being rejected.

At the time, the vice president of the socialist caucus João Paulo Correia justified that this “is the first time that the Grandes Options are submitted to parliament in this way”, apart from the debate on the State Budget. Therefore, since it is a “relevant and complex instrument”, the request for the law to be passed without a vote is intended to “prolong the debate to the specialty”, he said.

The Major Options, which succeed the Major Plan Options, which accompanied the State Budget until last year, define the Government’s main economic policy priorities and are accompanied by budget programming frameworks, in this case until 2025.

Since 2015, when the PS ruled in a minority with the parliamentary support of leftist parties, and even after 2019, with no written agreement, the request for discharge without a vote was a way to avoid the lead of projects, both by socialists and by communists and blocists.

In the debate on the specialty, changes can be made to the initial version of the diplomas, and, if there is a majority agreement, the law goes back to the plenary of the Assembly of the Republic, taking the three votes – generality, specialty and global final.


Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.

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