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Brazilian Congress Passes 2006 Budget After Government Caves In

Almost four months late, last night a joint session of the Brazilian Congress approved a budget bill for 2006. The bill now goes to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who must approve it. He can veto some items.

Approval came after a long day of hard negotiations. The government was forced to give ground on some points. The most controversial was the funding for the construction of a bridge in the state of Sergipe in the Brazilian Northeast. 

Sergipe is a state governed by João Alves Filho from the Liberal Front Party (PFL), an opposition party, which the government claims has not been complying with federal accountability norms or Lei de Responsabilidade Fiscal.

The negotiations to resolve the problem included the participation of the president of the Senate, Renan Calheiros (PMDB, Alagoas), various political party leaders and the governor of Sergipe.

Three other sticking points, the construction of a gas pipeline in the Amazon (Coari – Manaus), federal funding for the 2007 Pan American games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, and, finally, an irrigation project in the state of Bahia, were all resolved in the afternoon.

As approved, the budget estimates government net revenues of 455.6 billion reais (US$ 215 billion). Expenditures will be 104 billion reais (US$ 49 billion) with payroll and related expenses; 162 billion reais (US$ 76 billion) for social security expenses; 90 billion reais (US$ 42 billion) for state entitlements; executive branch investments are to total 20 billion reais (US$ 9.4 billion): and there is to be a primary surplus of 48 billion reais (US$ 22.6 billion).

Agência Brasil

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  • Guest

    I’m NOT brazilian….I’m an AMERICAN!!!

    HOW DO YOU THINK MY STOMACH FEELS WHEN I SEE THIS SHIT??!!

  • Guest

    And families are large in Brazil !
    Especially the political families, involving hundreds of leaders. They must be paid, somewhere, somewhat, at some place !

    We know how life is difficult for you Brazilian citizens. We know how unfairly 70 % of the population is treated.
    Impunity, crimes, violence, corruption to the roots, lack of housings, education, infrastructure, transportation, slavery, poverty, favelas,huts in the interior.

    Brazil is not a poor country. It is a developing country but the minority elite is robbing the country day after day after day.

    Hopefully you will remember, in October, what to do !

    Lula has won his first mandate on promises that he simply did not deliver.
    He betrayed all his electors but principally the majority of poors who believed his stinky and sticky promises.

    A true shame for humanity !

  • Guest

    I live in Sergipe, and this is truly shameful. I pass this bridge nearly everyday, it’s a bridge leading to an island that has around 3,000 people that live on it. They’ve commuted by fairyboat for decades without problem.

    This bridges costs was originally estimated at a little over 100 million reais, it’s now up to 520 MILLION reais!!!!

    That’s 250 million dollars!!! And there are LARGE percentages of people living in the interior of this state that don’t have fucking food!!

    The governor and “crew” are making certain that their grandchildren will never have to lift a finger a day in their lives!

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