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Brazil Senate approves more pandemic aid for poor families

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s Senate passed on Thursday, March 4th, a constitutional amendment letting the government extend emergency pandemic aid to poor Brazilians, while keeping costs within its spending cap.

The government said it plans a monthly stipend of R$250 (US$45) for four months once the bill clears the lower house.

More generous cash transfers to millions of poor families from April through December last year totaled some R$322 billion US$57.3 billion) and boosted President Jair Bolsonaro’s popularity as he eyed re-election in 2022.

But the extension of the assistance raised . . .

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