Parliament definitively adopts the second part of the purchasing power package

Parliament definitively adopted Thursday, by a final vote of the Senate after that of the National Assembly, the second part of the purchasing power package.

Senators approved the amended budget for 2022 by 233 votes against 97, with the support of the LR, centrist, RDPI (En Marche majority), Independents and RDSE (radical majority) groups. The left voted against. Five centrist senators also voted against, 3 abstained, as did 11 LR.

After a first part validated on Wednesday comprising 20 billion euros in expenditure, the rectified budget for 2022 (PLFR) opens up 44 billion euros in credits, including 9.7 to finance the 100% renationalisation of EDF. In particular, it provides for the continuation of the tariff shield on energy and the fuel discount, and the revaluation of the index point for civil servants.

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These first weeks were decisive. The adoption of three important texts is also good news for our democracy. We have built solutions with parliamentarians of the majority and members of the opposition of the Republican arch. We have proven that the compromise, requested by the French, was possible and accessible, welcomed Elisabeth Borne.

I believe, as I said in my general policy statement, a majority of projects and values, she added in a statement sent to AFP.

The value of work is recognized and supported, for his part estimated the general rapporteur LR Jean-Franois Husson, also underlining the commitment of the Senate to guarantee local authorities the means for their actions. This PLFR, he added, must definitely make us aware of the budgetary rigor and sobriety that Parliament and the executive must demonstrate.

Jean-Claude Requier, president of the RDSE group, noted a deterioration in the public balance of more than 15 billion euros.

Claude Malhuret, president of the group Les Indpendants, saw in the monetization of RTTs the possibility for employees to increase their remuneration by their work.

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The centrist Sylvie Vermeillet regretted that Parliament had not introduced a tax on superprofits, considering that asking for an effort of solidarity (…) from companies which have generated exceptional profits, even though the State has subsidized massively the economy under the Covid epidemic, is fair.

The left has denounced the convergence between the right and the presidential majority, which will undermine the interests of the working classes one after the other, according to the president of the CRCE group Eliane Assassi. Ecologist Daniel Breuiller castigated the agreement between two liberal visions. The Socialists voted against serious social setbacks, in the words of their leader on this text, Rmi Fraud.

For the majority RDPI En Marche, Alain Richard judged that the government was both responsible and attentive and found partners for dialogue.

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