New Federative Pact Proposes ‘Sophie’s Choice’: Spend More on Education or Health?

Government proposal to unify spending in both portfolios should raise the tone of debates between the Executive, Congress and governors.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The permanent tension between the Presidency and Congress grew exponentially on Wednesday, February 19th, when the angered speeches of General Augusto Heleno, leaked from a private meeting in which he criticized an attempted "disguised parliamentariy coup," became public.

The turbulent relationship between the two powers should see new chapters -and new characters- when the government's proposal for a constitutional amendment (PEC) for a new Federative Pact reaches Congress.

The bill, which aims to . . .

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