Opposition expects close vote on tax reform; base wants approval before vacation

The opposition in the Senate expects a close vote on tax reform in the plenary session of the House. Senators discussed the subject this Wednesday (8) and could vote on it in the coming hours. It is necessary that the draft amendment to the Constitution (PEC) be approved in two rounds. In other words, two rounds of voting with at least 49 votes in favor.

In the opinion of an opposition leader, the final score must be close, with a difference of one or two votes for the approval or rejection of the text reported by Senator Eduardo Braga (MDB-AM).

Government leaders in the Senate estimate they have about 52 votes to approve tax reform. The outlook for the vote has fluctuated in recent days. The government says pressure from governors for changes and criticism of reform on social media could change senators’ votes.

The governor of Rio de Janeiro, Cláudio Castro (PL), is this Wednesday in plenary session of the Senate to meet with Eduardo Braga and the President of the Chamber, Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG), among others.

Former President of the Republic Jair Bolsonaro (PL) was in Congress this Wednesday and is trying to convince his allies to take a position against the reform. But his will is not unanimous.

The intention of the allied base of the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) is to approve the text in the two rounds this Wednesday. Indeed, next week is considered “dead” by the senators interviewed by the report due to the public holiday of the Proclamation of the Republic, on the 15th, Wednesday.

If there are still reforms pending in the Senate in the coming weeks, Lula’s allies believe there could be more pressure to modify the current text.

If approved, the PEC tax reform must return to the Chamber of Deputies for analysis due to the modifications made to the text by senators.