Despite wins, Bolsonaro won’t hold much power in Congress TBR #36

At the opening of the legislative year in Congress following Monday’s leadership elections, newly-empowered House Speaker Arthur Lira and Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco published a list of priorities for the next two years. This is an unprecedented move, showing that Messrs. Lira and Pacheco will not be there to simply rubber-stamp the government’s agenda — despite owing their current positions to President Jair Bolsonaro, after his administration spent hundreds of millions on budgetary grants to whip votes.—The Brazilian Report is an independent media outlet uniquely positioned to offer an insider’s view on current affairs in Brazil.