Purchasing power: fees, fuel discounts, price shields … MEPs approve second set of measures

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The deputies voted in the first reading of this corrected draft budget for 2022 by 293 votes against 146, and 17 abstentions. Republicans, to whom the executive often gives satisfaction, support the text.

After four days of intense and often heated debate, the National Assembly adopted the second part of the measures to support purchasing power on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, before its examination by the Senate. The deputies voted in the first reading of this corrected draft budget for 2022 by 293 votes against 146, and 17 abstentions. Republicans support the text.

No increase of 500 million euros in pensions

The deputies of the National Rally, on the other hand, did not participate in the vote: they left the hemicycle to protest against the way in which the Assembly returned a revaluation of additional pensions of 500 million euros for the pension pension that was approved in a few hours. it’s still early.

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The government asked for a second deliberation to cancel a measure it was fighting, which sparked a heated debate, with a nasty exchange between the Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire, the Nupes and the RN. After much debate, this first round, in the form of a test for the Borne government that was deprived of an absolute majority, ended in the end: the deputies played extensions for more than two days, the oppositions defending their reform measures in all directions. .

Tariff shields, fees, discounts…

Early Friday morning, the Assembly adopted the first part, the 20 billion euros of “emergency” legislation to support purchasing power, in the face of soaring inflation. The corrected draft budget opens up 44 billion euros in credits, including 9.7 billion just to finance the 100% renationalization of EDF. The continuation of the energy shield tariff and the fuel discount of 30 cents per liter in September-October then 10 in November-December, revaluation of the index point for civil servants, and even the abolition of the audiovisual license fee are also in menu. The proposal for a tax on “superprofits” of large groups, made by the left, the RN and mezzo voce on the right and the rest of the majority, was firmly rejected.

The right is satisfied, the left is considering an appeal

The head of the LR deputies, Olivier Marleix, said that he was satisfied with the “positive arm wrestling of the government” that made it possible to obtain a series of fuel measures, the purchase of RTT companies, and even the exemption to tax the hours more. .

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On the contrary, the left does not want to support a text “co-constructed with the right” and where “equality and social justice are the major left”, according to a spokesman for the PS deputies, Arthur Delaporte . The LFI group plans to appeal to the Constitutional Council about the cancellation of the fee. On the part of the RN, the elected officials regretted the rejection of their proposals for the reduction of VAT, and more generally the economic and fiscal policy of the executive.

Eight days of sometimes tumultuous exchanges

Bruno Le Maire also confirmed that “at the end of 2023 we will end regulated (gas) prices to comply with European rules”. The vote on this structural text for public finances is much narrower than five days ago in the first part. It includes the revaluation of pensions and social benefits, the increase in the ceiling of the “Macron bonus” and again, voted in a rare moment of harmony, the deconjugalization of the disabled adult allowance. The exchanges of the hemicycle, which lasted eight days and nights in total, were sometimes chaotic, and the majority was put in the minority on several occasions. On Tuesday night, for example, the Assembly criticized, against the advice of the government, the American extraterritoriality that requires French citizens born in the United States to pay taxes there, by approval, against the advice of the government , a modification of the LR primary symbol. The previous day, they had already approved 230 million euros for heating houses with oil against the advice of the executive, which favored an aid of 50 million euros. Bruno Le Maire also assured that he would “take back the promise of the Senate” on this step.

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