RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On the eve of the congressional vote on the Social Welfare reform in the Chamber of Deputies, the government has paved the way for the release of funds for Congress members' districts, seeking votes to pass the bill.

The government has released R$1.13 billion (US$283 million) in funds stemming from riders (amendments) attached to legislation by individual Congress members. The funds are focused on the health . . .

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