Electoral season brings Congress to a standstill

With many members running for reelection, and several others spying an uncertain future, Brazil's Congress has all but shut up shop ahead of the October vote

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A mostly empty House committee meets on August 4, 2022. Photo: Billy Boss/CD

Since returning from its mid-year recess at the start of this month, Brazil’s Congress has not discussed or voted on anything of importance. 

A Senate hearings committee into corruption and influence-peddling schemes within the Education Ministry has yet to begin, because political parties have yet to lift a finger to appoint members. The Senate’s Foreign Relations committee hasn’t held a single meeting since late June, leaving ambassadorial appointments stalled.

The Senate is also dragging its feet on discussions about tax reform and gun permits, and it postponed a vote on a constitutional amendment that would allow lawmakers to lead embassies.


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