1701204270 The PP demands from Sanchez in the Senate to reform

The Senate is monopolizing the Legislature’s attention with the spending cap and amnesty on the horizon

The PP demands from Sanchez in the Senate to reform

The voices of the two new speakers in the Senate of the Socialist Group, Juan Espadas, and the popular Alicia García, will have a stronger impact compared to previous legislative periods. The upper house is of particular importance in this electoral period, as the coalition government will face the absolute majority of the PP in the Senate and wants to torpedo every initiative of the Congress there. The confrontation between Espadas and García will thus be a reflection of the intense struggle between the two main parties, engaged in a total dialectical war over the inauguration of Pedro Sánchez. One of the main instruments of training of Alberto Núñez Feijóo will be the General Commission of the Autonomous Communities, convened twice in the last two months, the only forum in which representatives of the Territorial Executive can intervene, led by 11 popular presidents against the meager socialist one Domination.

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“The government faces a vital battle here in which the PP’s territorial power is very well reflected,” warn popular parliamentary sources. In this sense, during the General Commission of the Autonomous Communities this Tuesday, several popular councilors marched across the podium and protested against the cancellation of debts to Catalonia and the amnesty for those accused of the trial. One of the main objectives of the PP and of central importance for the PSOE will be the processing of the proposal for the amnesty law. Therefore, the popular parties reformed the Senate rules two weeks ago in order to slow down the parliamentary path of the norm in the upper house.

Then, last week, the PP rushed to request the report of the State Council and the Finance Council on the amnesty law proposal, even before the initiative was approved in Congress. Some statements were rejected by PSOE and Sumar in the lower house, where the proposal received the support of senior lawyer Fernando Galindo. The popular parties have the opportunity to request a re-examination by their top lawyer in the Senate, but refuse to paralyze the processing in the table. A resistance that was sharply criticized by its main partner Vox. “We hope that the Senate will be a containment dam against the coup,” said the spokesman for the Ultra formation in the Madrid City Council this Tuesday, Javier Ortega Smith. Santiago Abascal’s party insists that the People’s Party should use all means possible to prevent the continuation of the norm in the upper house.

Another of the coalition government’s key parliamentary initiatives that could be hampered in the short term is the drafting of the budget plans, whose spending cap must first be approved in the Senate, according to popular parliamentary sources. “As long as the Budget Stability Law of 2012 is not amended, we have the possibility of vetoing it,” they add, ready to block it. And they are also threatening to slow down the subsequent General State Budget Act, which is already planned for next year. In addition, the PP will be able to activate investigative commissions, unlike those that Sánchez’s partners in Congress have already promoted, as they intend.

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In a bicameral system in which the Senate is in an inferior position to Congress and in which leaders who already held other relevant positions often retire, the PSOE nevertheless appointed Espadas as speaker in the upper house in order to “ “strengthen” and to give it “visibility”, aware of the different situations of this legislative period. “The aim of the appointment is to strengthen my position as general secretary and that of the PSOE of Andalusia,” said Eva Granados’ successor in the upper house this Monday.

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