Senator Marcelo Castro (MDB-PI), chosen as the general rapporteur for the 2023 Budget in Congress, defended excluding Auxílio Brasil expenses from the public spending ceiling.
In a press conference after the installation of the Mixed Budget Commission, the parliamentarian stated that he supports such a proposal. This Wednesday, the Senate must approve the provisional measure that guarantees the minimum payment of R$ 400 monthly on a permanent basis for beneficiaries of the aid.
Currently, the program budget is R$ 90 billion. For the next few years, the government would have to find space in the public accounts to even maintain the scope of the benefit given in 2022.
“My position, which has always been a favorable position to maintain the spending ceiling, I think that in these cases we could make an exception in favor of saving lives, improving people’s lives and even saving people who are starving” , he said.