The Argentine Senate approves Milei’s ‘Bases Law’ by one vote

The Senate of Argentina approved this Wednesday by a minimal difference the Base Lawstar reform of the Argentine president, Javier Mileion a day marked by a general strike and tensions at the doors of Congress, where security forces have repressed demonstrators protesting against the measure.

After several modifications, the vote has ended with 36 votes in favor36 against and zero abstentions, so the country’s vice president, Victoria Villarruel, who presides over the Senate, has been in charge of breaking the tie by voting affirmatively, as reported by the Lower House through her profile on the social network X.

“Today we saw two Argentinas: one violent, which set cars on fire and threw stones, and which debates the exercise of democracy; and another, that of the workers, who is waiting with great pain and sacrifice for the vote that in November to be respected. last year he chose a change,” Villarruel argued amid boos from opposition senators because it was not up to him to justify his vote.

Then, he confirmed his position aligned with the ruling party: “For those Argentines who suffer, who hope that a situation that was perpetuated in pain for many years will be changed, who do not want to see their children leave the country, and who deserve pride.” of being Argentine: my vote is affirmative”.

The text, of more than 200 items and it is a reduced version of the Omnibus Law, will return to Parliament to receive final approval of the recent modifications. This legislation includes a controversial labor reform and the privatization of certain public companies, which has generated great controversy and rejection among unions.

The day has been marked by the repression of the security forces against protesters who gathered in front of Congress, in Buenos Aires, in protest against the debate on this reform. With at least 30 arrested and more than 20 police officers injured, Milei has congratulated the officers and has branded the attendees as “terrorist groups”, whom he has accused of perpetrating a “coup d’├ętat”.

Protesters and police clash this Wednesday at the doors of the Argentine Senate | EFE/ Juan Ignacio Roncoroni

The process will culminate with the signing of the ‘May Pact’

After the approval of the law, the president’s office published a statement in which he celebrated “the historic approval”, highlighting a victory with the presence of only 38 deputies and seven senators from his party, since it has a minority in both chambers. .

“With terrorist groups attacking Congress, having to deploy security forces in defense of democracy, with the political caste resisting and operating until the last moment, and having to resort to the Villarruel tiebreaker, tonight is a triumph for the Argentine people and the first step towards the recovery of our greatness, having approved the most ambitious legislative reform of the last 40 years,” reads a statement.

The Argentine president, when the legislative process concludes, “will call on governors, former presidents, legislators” and “leaders of the main parties to abandon the old recipes of failure, forget political differences, embrace the ideas of freedom and establish ten refoundational policies to “give the future back to the Argentines.”

“This process will culminate with the signing of the ‘May Pact‘, a historic commitment to get Argentina out of the pit into which personal vendettas, petty interests and the poor ideology of the last hundred years have plunged it,” he maintained.

The bill establishes extraordinary powers for Milei in the event of an emergency declaration, as well as financial cuts in institutions, privatizations of companies, layoffs of workers, elimination of compensation and benefits for high incomes, among others.

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