Formally they are opponents of Kirchnerism, or at least with that label they were elected. But again they behaved as official allies. Fifteen deputies They contributed their vote this Tuesday night to help the Frente de Todos to approve the retirement adjustment, the new mobility formula that does not include an update due to inflation.
The context in which the initiative reached parliament was not the best: with Mauricio Macri’s formula, retirees were clearly losing compared to prices and this year, when they would finally regain purchasing power because inflation would drop compared to 2019, Alberto Fernández suspended her and caused them an extra loss, in particular to assets that are slightly above the minimum.
With the new formula approved and a high inflation projection, the uncertainty is enormous, because the evolution of pensions (plus pensions and AUH, which are adjusted by the same parameter) will depend on tax collection and salaries, as was the case. during the administration of Cristina Kirchner.
Sergio Massa, head of the Chamber of Deputies. It was key to forming groups allied to the Frente de Todos and passing sensitive laws such as retirement mobility.
The bill became law with its general approval at 10:43 p.m. Tuesday, according to official lower house records. He had 132 affirmative votes, 119 negative, 4 absent and 2 deputies present who did not vote. In the review of the winning vote, the account is simple. He Frente de Todos contributed 117 legislators and the “non-officialists”, 15.
That external support can be divided into three: there were six affirmative votes of the Federal Interblock, six of Interblock Federal Unit for Development, and three from two smaller blocks, Federal Action and the Neuquén Popular Movement.
Each one deserves its analysis. And it has names and surnames.
Schiaretti’s 4 plus 2 wild Peronists
After having built his figure for years as a counterpart to the Kirchnerist style, and even with fights and public criticism of Cristina, the Cordovan governor Juan Schiaretti ran away in the last months of the “independent Peronism” and the “Cordobecism” that José de La Sota, and in the last votes joined the Frente de Todos.
The first test, sensitive and symptomatic, was given with the support of the project that cut funds from the City. Schiaretti had an excellent relationship with Macri and that is why Horacio Rodríguez Larreta speculated that he would also have his support. Calculation error of the head of Government. The Cordovan governor not only appears as an ally K in Congress but also endorsed the political alliance with the Frente de Todos for the election in Río Cuarto, which allowed him to retain the PJ’s intendancy. In 2021 there will also be unity?
In the retirement vote this Tuesday, the Cordoba contribution was total: the four members of the Córdoba Federal block were added as affirmative (Paulo Cassinerio, Carlos Gutiérrez, Claudia Márquez and Alejandra Vigo -Schiaretti- wife).
Governor Schiaretti and his wife, Deputy Alejandra Vigo, who voted in favor of the new mobility.
There was two other members of the Federal Interblock who voted in the same direction. The two are part of the Justicialista bench: the Buenos Aires Eduardo “Bali” Bucca and the salteño Miguel Zottos.
Bucca was the candidate for governor in 2019 of Roberto Lavagna, who recently came out to question the government’s retirement policy. It should not be surprising. Since Alberto Fernández and Cristina took office, the behavior of space has been diffuse. At least in the logic of the crack.
The deputy Graciela Camaño, for example, was key in the Magistracy so that the former president could advance against three judges she wanted to remove. But this Tuesday, Camano voted against the new formula, as did two other deputies very close to Lavagna, such as Alejandro “Topo” Rodríguez and Jorge Sarghini.
The 6 ramones
Another contribution full size like that of Schiaretti, the Federal Development Unit interblock. Six out of six voted in favor of project K. They are the deputies led by the eccentric from Mendoza Jose Luis Ramon, who then presents himself as an outsider opponent in his province, at the end of 2019 made an alliance with Sergio Massa and since then this allied group has led the Frente de Todos. That is why he laughs at them as “Los Ramones”.
José Luis Ramón, the deputy who leads an interblock allied with the Frente de Todos.
In addition to the vote of the boss, they joined Luis Di Giácomo (from Together We Are Río Negro) and the missionaries Flavia Morales, Diego Sartori and Ricardo Wellbach. Di Giácomo is from the same party as former governor Alberto Weretilneck, one of the “undecided” senators who ended up voting in favor of abortion at dawn this Wednesday. And the missionaries are from the Concord Renewal Front, the provincial force led by another former governor, Carlos Rovira, and whose figure in the Senate is another ally of the FdT: the also former president Maurice Closs.
The sixth vote of the interblock put it Pablo Ansaloni, who came to Congress in 2017 as an ally of Cambiemos but then crossed paths.
Two ex-Cambiemos and a historic Neuquén
Like Ansaloni, there were two other ex-Cambiemos who also voted in favor of the retirement change. Both are members of the Federal Action bench: El Riojano Felipe Alvarez and the santacruceño Antonio Carambia.
Finally, the deputy Alma Sapag, of the Neuquino Popular Movement. It responds to the historical family of the province (the Sapag). The current governor, Omar Gutiérrez, of the same party, often uses this argument to detach himself from uncomfortable votes, when he tries to balance within the polarization.