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Brazilian Lawmakers Want to Raise their own Salaries Despite Crisis

Brazil has a $47 billion deficit and will face cuts to health care, education and social programs

Demonstrators occupy the entrance of administrative offices used by Brazil's presidency to protest acting President Michel Temer in São Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, photo: Andre Penner
1 year ago

RIO DE JANEIRO — Members of Brazil’s Congress are moving toward raising their own salaries and those of the nation’s highest court.

The push comes a week after interim President Michel Temer estimated Brazil’s fiscal deficit in 2016 at about $47 billion. In recent weeks, his administration has suggested there will be cuts in investment in health care, education and social programs.

Latin America’s most populous nation is facing its worst economic crisis since the 1930s.

The lower Chamber of Deputies voted late Thursday to approve raises that range from 16 to 41 percent. It now goes to the Senate, where it’s expected to pass.

Suspended President Dilma Rousseff, who has an impeachment trial pending in the Senate, vetoed a similar bill last year.

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