Retirement mobility: the fifteen allies who gave the ruling party the victory

The Frente de Todos needed at least 12 allies to get a key law for fiscal adjustment in 2021: it finally got 15 votes, with the backing of the blocs that try to stand “in the middle” of the polarization Credit: @DiputadosAR

Once again, the opposition blocs allied to the ruling party in the Chamber of Deputies were key to offer the Government one of its greatest legislative achievements: the enactment of the new retirement mobility law. Fifteen deputies belonging to the “middle” benches, In other words, they remain equidistant from the Front of All and Together for Change, they voted in favor of the initiative, one of the Government’s priorities for adjust public spending.

The project was approved with 132 positive votes, while 119 votes rejected it. The ruling bloc, chaired by Maximum Kirchner, had perfect attendance with its 117 legislators present; to reach the quorum and guarantee a majority in the vote he needed at least 12 allies. He finally got 15 votes.

The allies who supported the government project were the six deputies of the Federal Unit for Development inter-bloc, made up of its president José Ramón and Pablo Ansaloni (Federal Unit and Equity), the Rio Negro Luis Di Giacomo and the missionaries Flavia Morales, Ricardo Wellbach and Diego Sartori, from the Front of Concord.

They were joined Antonio Carambia and Felipe Álvarez, Federal Action; the cordobeses Carlos Gutiérrez, Claudia Márquez, Paulo Cassinerio and Alejandra Vigo, that respond to Governor Juan Schiaretti; the justicialistas Eduardo “Bali” Bucca and Andrés Zottos and the Neuquina Alma Sapag (Neuquén Popular Movement).

Some of them justified their support on the premises; others, on the other hand, opted for silence.

Jose Luis Ramon
Jose Luis Ramon Credit: Télam

“Even though it is not the best formula that can be established, it is a formula that looks positive. And looking positive is looking at a life that can be projected, not a measure of chaos, “said deputy Ramón, anticipating the favorable vote of his bench.” Let’s not fool ourselves, let’s not say from one front (in reference to Together for the Change, which rejected the project) that the formula that is being applied now is harmful for retirees; the truth that the formula that is being applied now is the best that has been possible to achieve “, Held.

From the same interblock, Di Giacomo from Rio Negro agreed. “Today we do not support a good pension mobility formula, only the least bad. The solution is to seek the sustainability of the system, ensuring productive development, increasing formal employment, and thus reaching four contributors for each retiree, “he said.

Claudia Márquez, Alejandra Vigo, Carlos Gutiérrez and Paulo Cassinerio
Claudia Márquez, Alejandra Vigo, Carlos Gutiérrez and Paulo Cassinerio Credit: Twitter

Carlos Gutiérrez, head of the Córdoba Federal block, from Cordoba, said that his bench decided to support the initiative in pursuit of the governance of the country, just as he did at the time when former President Mauricio Macri presented his own pension reform in 2017.

“Predictability, certainty is governability,” Gutiérrez said. “Consistency must be seen to go through time to show that it is. When Macri ruled, our deputies from Córdoba voted that law. They did it with governance in mind, a concept that I did not hear in this debate. We have it very present. That is why it was voted then and that is why we are going to vote today. “

For her part, Neuquén Sapag avoided referring in her speech to the new pension mobility formula proposed by the ruling party and opted, instead, to warn about the systemic crisis of the pension system. “There is no magic formula if we don’t create a sustainable system over time,” he said.

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