Government bills stall in year of congressional activism

Congress pushed for a series of bills, including crucial Covid-19 legislation. But a poor relationship with the government stalled reforms

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Brazilian Congress building. Photo: Roque Sá/Agência Senado

2020 has been an important year for congressional activism in Brazil. Working remotely since March, lawmakers have prioritized legislation related to the Covid-19 pandemic, with roughly 46 percent of the 133 bills enacted by Congress being linked to the coronavirus crisis.

Among these proposals was the coronavirus emergency aid program, which was the result of a legal framework originating from a bill submitted by Congressman Eduardo Barbosa. Meanwhile, legislators secured the approval of other key proposals, such as the National Basic Education Fund (Fundeb), which was made a permanent policy in July.

However, 2020 has seen Congress largely fail to...

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