Between frenetic negotiations with the dialogue opposition blocks in Congress, the ruling party evaluates the possibility of postpone the session in the Chamber of Deputies until Wednesday to debate the Law Bases and Starting Points for the Freedom of Argentines (Omnibus Law).
Initially, the parliamentary representatives of the Government had agreed with their allies in the lower house that the discussion in plenary would take place tomorrow. However, -as he was able to learn Infobae– During these hours, talks are progressing to polish the strategy about the particular treatment of the articles and do not rule out that the session is postponed 24 hours on the premmises.
Martin Menem, president of the Chamber of Deputies, has maintained permanent contact since last night with the Casa Rosada and with the representatives of the dialogue blocs of Congress. Due to parliamentary fragility, La Libertad Avanza, which it has only 38 of its own seatsurgently needs the consensus of the PRO, the UCR, We Make a Federal Coalition and Innovation to guarantee the quorum to meet 129 legislators.
During the afternoon, a meeting between Menem and the presidents of these groups is scheduled, with the aim of unifying criteria and defining whether the session will finally take place on Wednesday or tomorrow. As he was able to learn from this medium, the conclave would be between the President of the Lower House and the authorities of the allied blocs. From Unión por la Patria (UxP), chaired by deputy Germán Martínez, they did not receive a call to that rally. “Since December 10, no one from the Government or La Libertad Avanza has contacted us,” they told Infobae from UxP.
Although the original idea was to meet this Tuesday, the formal call to meet has not yet been made. Because it is a “special session”, with the aim of speeding up the parliamentary process, the signature of 10 legislators is needed to implement the call for session. Something that has not yet been executed because the Government is still discussing the final details of the drafting of the Omnibus Law with the “collaborationist” benches.
It should be remembered that late Friday, Luis Caputo, Minister of Economy of the Nation, announced the Government’s decision to withdraw the fiscal chapter from the Omnibus Law. Due to lack of agreements, and due to pressure from the JxC governors and some from non-Kirchnerist Peronism, in Balcarce 50 they feared that the sections to implement the economic adjustment that balances public accounts could fall. Although there is consensus among the allied blocs to generally support the ruling party’s project, the article-by-article debate tenses up prior to the session.
The points on withholdings from agriculture and industry, the pension mobility formula, and the fishing regime, among other aspects, hindered the discussion. The governors of the UCR and the PRO demanded that the Government remove all taxes on export duties. The leaders of provinces in the productive center, such as Córdoba, Entre Ríos, and Santa Fe, were the main objectors. Although in a political strategy of pressure, the 10 territorial leaders of JxC moved in concert to pressure President Javier Milei.
After Caputo’s announcement, the governments and legislators of the UCR, the PRO and Hacemos Coalificación Federal, led by Miguel Ángel Pichetto, were baffled by the Government’s decision. Although there were nuances, they were willing to accompany some parts of the fiscal chapter. Milei kicked the board and changed the axis of the negotiations. Only yesterday at the end of the afternoon, the ruling party brought the new text of the Omnibus Law to the allied blocs with the accepted modifications, and now without the fiscal chapter. The articles went from 664 articles in its original version to 386 in the current wording proposed by La Libertad Avanza.
From the PRO, which brings together 38 seats, they are determined to support the ruling party. Led by Cristian Ritondo, the deputies of the yellow party met on Saturday with Patricia Bullrich, Minister of National Security, to unify criteria for this week’s session. From Cumelén, Mauricio Macri closely followed the negotiations and urged PRO legislators to support the Omnibus Law.
In the UCR, with 34 seats, there is consensus that the new articles make room for a good part of the requested modifications. However, there are nuances between the sector referenced in leaders such as Martín Lousteau, on the one hand, and Alfredo Cornejo, on the other, with those who are in tune with Facundo Manes. Radicalism will have a block meeting today at 6 p.m. to organize its parliamentary tactics and try to vote unified in this week’s session.
While the bloc led by Pichetto, which has 23 representatives, met this afternoon in the office they have on Rivadavia Avenue, in front of the legislative palace, in order to coordinate points of view. It is a heterogeneous bench, in which governors such as Martín Llaryora (Córdoba), Rogelio Frigerio (Entre Ríos), Nacho Torres (Chubut) and Gustavo Sáenz (Salta) have ancestry. Although there is not agreement on all the articles of the Omnibus Law, the former Auditor General of the Nation is moving to reach the venue in agreement.
Innovation and Independence are the other two blocks with which the Government builds bridges to achieve consensus on the Law. These are two spaces that articulate with We Make the Federal Coalition. Between the three they add up to 35 seats and could be central to the half-sanction of the regulations.
As Infobae anticipated, these negotiations take place prior to the summit of a group of 16 provincial leaders who plan to meet today at 7 p.m. at the Federal Investment Council (CFI), in the Retiro neighborhood in the City of Buenos Aires. They seek to request a meeting with the national government to discuss the final details of the Omnibus Law.
These are leaders from the interior of the country, among whom there are members of the UCR, the PRO, non-K Peronism and other provincial spaces. They demand that the Casa Rosada unify the dialogue and open a table with Milei officials that have an impact on the discussion on the Omnibus Law, to discuss details in particular of the regulatory text that no longer includes the tax section. They intend to be received by Caputo, Nicolas Possechief of staff, or Guillermo Francos, Minister of the Interior. Specifically, the provincial leaders are looking for a formal conclave to give institutionality to the negotiation.
The governors evaluate that without the fiscal package of the law, which implies not dealing with the bill to reinstate the Income Tax, the Executive Branch will not compensate the loss of revenue from the provinces for not receiving that tax -which is shared- and demand alternatives to compensate for the situation.
One of the focuses of discussion at this time is around the COUNTRY tax. On the Hacemos bench, led by the experienced Miguel Ángel Pichettopoint out that the validity of this tax is defeated and that the Government will need the approval of Congress to extend it. In return, They propose requiring Milei to share those funds. It is something that the Head of State will never grant because he knows that it would be a decision No return.
At this time, the Government is approaching a return to the “traffic light” that the dialogue blocs planted regarding the modifications they demanded to the Omnibus Law. Among the points that Milei is willing to withdraw from the project are the chapter of internal taxeshe federal fishing regimethe changes to the Biofuels Lawthe section on energy transitionthe proposed modifications to the Civil and Commercial Code of the Nation.
The rest of the sections, in the ruling party, are betting that they come out as they are. Regarding the delegated powers that the Executive requests from Congress, Milei agreed to reduce the term from two years to one. While she reduced the scope of emergencies from 11 subjects to seven. However, there are some deputies from radicalism, the Civic Coalition and Hacemos who disagree with this point: they reject the powers – in some cases – or ask to further reduce the number of subjects.
These are hours of dizzying conversations. The conversation is open.