Brazil deputies pass law allowing Bolsonaro to increase spending in election year

Brazil's Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday passed an amendment to the Constitution in a second and final vote allowing President Jair Bolsonaro's government to increase public spending to finance a subsidy program for the poorest in 2022, a year in which he will seek reelection.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The amendment, which will now have to be debated by the Senate also in two votes, authorizes the government to delay the payment of court-ordered debt and to use the available resources to finance the "Auxilio Brasil" (Bazil Aid) program, which foresees the distribution of subsidies to some 17 million low-income families.

The passed measure also enables the Executive to exceed the cap on public spending set by law next year, which limits raising the amount of public resources disbursed to the inflation rate of the previous year.

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