Argentine Legislators Return to the Discussion of The Bases Bill

According to local media reports, a single vote will be taken on the entire text of the Basic Law with the changes that were incorporated in the Senate, which include the privatization of a group of state enterprises.

With the presence of 131 legislators, the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina began at noon this Thursday a special session to validate the Bases Bill and the Fiscal Package, after the Senate generally approved that law last week.

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According to local media reports, a single vote will be taken on the entire text of the Basic Law with the changes that were incorporated in the Senate, which include the privatization of a group of state enterprises.

Although for the moment Aerolíneas Argentinas, Correo Argentino and Radio-Televisión Argentina Sociedad del Estado were excluded, the ruling party has already made clear that it will later present specific laws to privatize them.

Ley Bases is considered a tool of the neoliberal president Javier Milei to dismantle the state, deregulate the economy and grant more privileges to the great fortunes.

El oficialismo de Javier Milei obtendrá este martes dictamen de la ley bases, aceptando las modificaciones del Senado. Para el paquete fiscal insistirá con la aprobación originaria de la cámara baja que podría derivar en una judicialización de la norma.⁦⁦@temasteleSURpic.twitter.com/ltyPidaf9t

— Juan Carlos Bartolotta (@JuanCteleSUR) June 25, 2024

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El oficialismo de Javier Milei obtendrá este martes dictamen de la ley bases, aceptando las modificaciones del Senado. Para el paquete fiscal insistirá con la aprobación originaria de la cámara baja que podría derivar en una judicialización de la norma

As regards the tax package, its opinion will comprise four votes. It is estimated that the highest will be those corresponding to the replenishment of the income tax and personal property. In the case of this tax, broad popular sectors question that the party of President Javier Milei (La Libertad Avanza) and other political forces want to consider the wage as profit and with it they will attack the private property of the worker, which contradicts his usual defense of private property.

According to the Union for the Fatherland (UxP) deputy, Vanesa Siley, in less than a year the government of Miley already wants to put his hand in the pocket of the workers and take salary to 35 percent of them. He also warned that they will do so in violation of several articles of the Constitution and with the approval of a single chamber (Deputies) in a country that is bicameral.

Because of the importance of the issue, left-wing organizations-including the Left Front, the Workers’ Pole, the Class-Struggle Current, and the Workers’ Union of the Popular Economy (UTEP)- announced that they will stage marches in the vicinity of Congress in rejection of the Bases Law.

They will also require parliamentarians to reject changes introduced by the Senate and not to validate the bill.

For its part, UxP said it will file appeals in court if the Personal Gains and Property tax is approved this Thursday. The debate of these norms in the Senate provoked mobilizations in the vicinity of Congress, violently repressed, with several injured and dozens of detainees.