In Government they saw very difficult that the law that will establish the sanitary parameters to fix new restrictions is approved for Friday the 21st, as President Alberto Fernández wants. “If it does not come out, we will have to extend the DNU,” they anticipated in the Casa Rosada. The half sanction is assured in this week’s session in the Senate, where the Frente de Todos has its own majority. But the road looks much rougher in Congress, given that the ruling party would still need to add four or five votes to ensure approval. The numbers of infections and deaths that do not decrease, believed in the Government, could help some doubters decide.
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In the upper house, the ruling party did everything possible to speed up the treatment. The project entered on Monday and the commission’s opinion came out on Wednesday, after presentations by the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, and the Secretary of Legal and Technical, Vilma Ibarra. Seven days must pass for the pass to the venue, so on Thursday it will be dealt with in the session, where the ruling party has enough votes for approval. However, it is almost certain that modifications will be introduced to the initiative before the Constitutional Affairs commission headed by Senator María de los Angeles Sacnun has already sent Vilma Ibarra to evaluate them.
Supposedly, these changes not only incorporate suggestions that were made during the discussion in committee in the Senate but also those that were approached from other blocks of deputies, so that the initiative has a faster pace. Even so, it is practically impossible for him to get an ultra-fast treatment in the lower house so that it is approved on Friday the 21st that the DNU that is in force expires. What’s more, it is still difficult for the ruling party to have the necessary votes. The Frente de Todos has 119 deputies of its own and needs to add ten more for the sanction.
There is the case of the Mendoza deputy José Luis Ramón, who advanced his request to make two changes to the project: that a period of validity be added to the emergency and that the article that mentions that the Executive delegates to the governors the concretion of The restrictions. With these modifications, it is assumed that his block of six deputies from provincial forces will support the initiative, although what the deputy from Río Negro could do was suspended since, in the Senate, Alberto Weretilneck, from his same force, advised that he will vote against . If there were six or five more votes, the Frente de Todos would still need another four or five that should come out of the heterogeneous Federal interblock, which has 11 members.
Of them, the four Cordovan deputies who respond to Governor Juan Schiaretti announced that they will vote against any project that goes against the provincial autonomies. The same as the three Lavagnists, who each day that the elections approach more opponents. There would be four deputies – Eduardo “Bali” Bucca from Buenos Aires, Andrés Zottos from Salta, and Luis Contigiani and Enrique Estévez from Santa Fe – who may support, and one more would still be missing. The two from the FIT said they will not vote on the initiative.
Although it still seems that it is not enough, it does not lack that much and the Government trusted in being able to convince the reluctant with the changes that will be incorporated into the project so that it is not seen as an impairment to the provincial autonomies. In addition, the critical numbers of infections that remain very high and have already led to the collapse of the health system in places like Neuquén and Rosario can play in favor. In Córdoba, in recent days more infections were registered even than in CABA. They also had expectations regarding the legislators who respond to the radical governors of Jujuy and Mendoza, also with the health system in tension.
The negotiation with these bloc legislators who are opponents but who at times are close to the ruling party, could take place in parallel to the talks on the reform project of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, which gained new momentum in the past week. There he also mediated a position by deputy Ramón, who proposed changes to the project that already has half approval from the Senate in a meeting he held with the Minister of Justice, Martín Soria, and opened the possibility that the ruling party reaches the majority.
In dialogue with The Uncover radio, Congressman Rodolfo Tailhade imagined a similar situation for the two projects. “It seems to me that the responsibility of some sectors of the opposition is greater than the irresponsibility of Together for Change and I believe that we are going to get the votes. Surely there will be a discussion and we will reach an agreement,” he predicted.