By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Experienced politicians say that Congressional empowerment is not retaliation to the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, but a means to seek balance with other powers. They claim that the budget allowance and provisional measures confer an imperial power on the President.

If the President gets into this, he starts off as captain and ends up as hostage
If the President gets into this, he starts off as captain and ends up as a hostage

“Congress, in this case, does not adopt a ‘give and take’ position, it effectively strives to rebuild a prerogative that promotes the balance between the powers,” remarks former deputy Miro Teixeira (Rede-RJ), who served 11 terms.

He defends the end of the presidential coalition as another measure to improve the image of Congress. “In Brazil, this has become a co-option. If the President gets into this, he starts off as captain and ends up as hostage”.

Senator Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP), author of the proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) to limit to five the still limitless issue of provisional measures also sees an opportunity for Congress to abandon the practice “of exchanging support for amendments and positions and to place itself as the main public policy-maker.”

“The more Parliament demonstrates that it has the strength, prestige and competence to carry them out, the better. This moment is conducive to this”, said Senate Vice President Antonio Anastasia (PSDB-MG), co-author of the bill to limit Provisional Measures. Bolsonaro has already edited nine.

“Congress is more empowered than it may seem. It decides on all guidelines, not only in relation to the government but also to the Judiciary. And such power derived by virtue of the President choosing to try to build an allied-base with the benches”, stated PSL leader in the House, Delegate Waldir (PSL-GO).


  1. Provisional Measures are features of parliamentary systems of government, and designed to be used when Parliament is unable or unwilling to pass urgently needed legislation. They have no part in a presidential system of government, where the president should not have legislative powers.
    They have long been abused by past presidents in Brazil, passing legislation that was not urgent. They have also been used as an excuse for Brazilian’s congress to postpone needed legislation that may be unpopular; Congress can simply wait for the President to issue a Provisional Measure–that way congressmembers avoid being cast as the bad guys.


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