In a political defeat for the Jair Bolsonaro administration, the House Constitution and Justice Committee on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment proposal codifying climate security as a constitutional right.
The proposal passed by a 26-10 majority despite efforts from pro-Bolsonaro lawmakers to block it. Congressman Gilson Marques, of the libertarian party Novo, moved to shelve the discussion, while Congresswoman Bia Kicis, a die-hard Bolsonarista and one of the government’s deputy whips, tried to postpone the vote.
Both efforts failed.
Tuesday’s vote creates a special committee to discuss the proposal for the constitutional amendment more thoroughly. To become a part of...