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Brazil lower house passes pandemic aid in first vote, final approval pending

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s lower house of Congress early on Wednesday, March 10th, approved the core text of a constitutional amendment to revive a federal cash transfer program to help millions of poor affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first-round vote approved by 341 votes to 121 the measure to allow emergency cash payments totaling up to 44 billion reais ($7.6 billion), with a second and final vote scheduled for later Wednesday.

Brazil’s Senate passed the amendment last week.

The aid package will not be subject to the government’s usual fiscal rules, but . . .

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