Congress is back from its recess, and it won’t be lacking in controversial bills to vote on this year. Many of them as treated as priority by the federal administration – like the pension system reform. It won’t be easy to gather congressional support, as many congressmen are expected to avoid controversial votes in an election year.
Pension system reform
In order to approve this bill, which is the top priority for the government heading into the 2018 legislative year, Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles admitted to the possibility of watering down the bill. The latest demand from congressmen is to give special treatment to civil servants.
House Speaker Rodrigo Maia has stated time and time again that if the bill is not voted on in February, it won’t be voted on at all this year. After February, politicians will enter campaign mode. And once the election is over in November, it will be the president-elect who dictates the agenda.