In another hectic week, the national government divided its attention between the general strike and mobilization of the CGT and the omnibus law, which obtained a favorable opinion in committee, with several changes compared to the original project. And although of the 55 votes that the ruling party achieved, 34 were in dissent, the Executive Branch warned that they do not contemplate offering more modifications before its treatment in the chamber.
The Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Francos, assured today that they are confident that the so-called Bases law will be approved, first in the Chamber of Deputies and then in the Senate, although he admitted that there are some “deputies and governors” who still have reservations about some points. . Despite that, he clarified that they are not thinking of offering new changes regarding the project sent by the Government.
“All the agreements that have been reached with the blocs that have led to this majority opinion They contemplate the maximum transfer capacity that the Government has based on what it intends for the economic situation in the coming months. We know that there are some legislators and governors who have a different view on this,” Francos said.
In dialogue with journalist Marcelo Longobardi on Radio Rivadavia, the minister assured that the central issue is that of withholdings, which several governors are against.
“We all know that it is a bad tax, but it is the place from which resources can be obtained today to balance the economy. The Government’s intention is to maintain it. Of course, in the voting process If the deputies decide that they are not affected, well, cuts will have to be made in other sectors of the economy.”Francos warned.
The Government overcame the first obstacle in the race to approve the Omnibus Law: in the early hours of this Wednesday he managed to obtain the majority opinion in the plenary session of commissions after frenetic negotiations with the dialogue opposition. However, the talks bogged down again and the session scheduled for tomorrow had to be postponed until next week.
The ruling party added 55 signatures from the 115 members of the plenary session, but 34 were “with partial dissent”, even from its closest allies, the PRO. The UCR It was split in half, of the 16 members of the plenary session, 8 voted with the ruling party and the rest decided not to accompany any opinion. It was a way of making explicit their intentions for the Government to continue making changes to the text.
Francos admitted today that ““It is complex to deal with a law that covers so many aspects of the reality of a country,” but he said that that was also when they presented the project and that, nevertheless, they achieved the opinion in committee.
“I think that We are very close to being able to approve the law in the Chamber of Deputies. There will be some issues left to discuss in the chamber, but conceptually we are convinced that the law will advance,” said the official.
Francos, who during the Government of Alberto Fernández was representative of Argentina in the Inter-American Development Bank (he resigned from that position in November of last year, when he joined Javier Milei’s team) also referred to the statements of deputy Miguel Ángel Pichetto about the need for the ruling party to have governability.
“We are talking every day. I understand the spirit of Deputy Pichetto, who is a man of great experience and who has had a collaborative attitude to find a point of agreement, but the Government has also done so. The governance agreement is achieved when a law of this nature, which covers many issues and is of great importance, is passed. Congress approves the law and tells the Executive ‘govern with this law.’
Francos said that for the Government it is already a merit that, ““With a very minority legislative position, it is managing to deal with a law that covers very important issues of the Argentine economy.”
“When we have rules that do not allow seriously exploiting the amount of natural resources that Argentina has and does not exploit, that will be the future well-being of Argentines. As long as we don’t have the rules, that won’t happen.. Call the governors of the provinces that exploit oil: they agree. Call northern producers to see what they think of the law regarding ethanol. They will see that they agree. It is no coincidence that we have advanced to this point and that we have reached agreements,” he added.
Yesterday, Pichetto maintained an exchange on social networks with the Minister of Economy, Luis Caputoafter he published a message in which he said that he had held a meeting with officials from his portfolio in which they analyzed the funding cuts to the provinces that would apply if the omnibus law is not approved.
“The Minister of Economy Luis Caputo, who He did not have the courage to come to Congresshas to stop putting pressure on the governors and try to seek agreements with the provincial governments instead of threatening them,” Pichetto wrote in his X account.
The Minister of Economy responded minutes later: “Deputy, if there is one thing I have left over, it is courage, that is why I accepted this position at the worst time in our history“, Told him. “With respect to not having gone to Congress, I had more important things to do for the country, such as closing the agreement with the Fund that was down and we were on the verge of default,” she said.
Today, in the same interview, Francos defended Caputo’s statements and said that “it was not a threat, it is a reality.”
“There are no resources to pay the enormous amount of expenses that the national State and the provincial states have. All provinces demand funds for different issues. When there are no funds, (the Executive) suppresses transfers to the provinces because it does not have money to send. And when the transfer is suppressed, the provinces are going to have problems. It is not a threat, it is a reality. That’s why they took it wrong,” she stressed.