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The pre-election campaign is already making it difficult to approve laws in the government coalition

The government of Pedro Sánchez intends to speed up the legislative process in Congress for the rest of the year of the legislature, which will dissolve no later than October 2023. Despite continued efforts in the coalition, no one hopes for a break so far, but the road has been steep to pass legislative projects that have been in Congress for some time. The reason is the pressure exerted by the pro-government parties at the gate of the pre-election campaign, which will first lead us to the municipal and regional elections, and the last stop will be the general elections. The main clash is again the housing law, which has been the government’s internal stumbling block since the mandate began, and now animal welfare has been added to the socialist barons’ demand to exclude hunting dogs from specific protections. that rule.

United We Can, which shows greater ambition in the last part of the mandate, to make its presence in government profitable and for its left partners, the housing law is fundamental. This has been the case for the past two years and its development has always been used as a bargaining chip in important negotiations such as the budget. After more than a year and full increases in rental and purchase prices, the details were finally settled in a meeting in which Sánchez and Yolanda Díaz participated with ministers Félix Bolaño, María Jesús Montero and Ione Bellara to present the public at the door. This year’s reports. However, the parliamentary process revealed inconsistencies.

The federal group presented dozens of amendments to the agreed text, but is considering three fundamental proposals in Congress to give the green light to the law: capping rental prices in stressed areas without distinguishing between large and small owners, which was one of them. Inconsistencies have already been resolved; A ban on the eviction of vulnerable families in Spain without an alternative home where they can stay, and that all SAREB homes (known as bad banks) be included in public housing rent. The formation, led by Ione Bellara, claims that the norm can already be approved if the PSOE accepts these proposals, which they believe will help support the rest of the left-wing allies.

However, the socialist wing has ruled out accepting the changes proposed by the coalition’s minority partner, expressing some dismay at attempts to include them when the text was already agreed upon. “It’s up to them [señalan fuentes socialistas sobre la aprobación de la ley de vivienda]. We are implementing the agreement we reached in the Council of Ministers. We will not go back on what we agreed on.” There was also an agreement with the ERC to save the development of the standard, so they believe their homework is done.

This is not the first time that the groups supporting the coalition have proposed changes to the law issued by the government. Moreover, it is a common practice. Nor is it the first time that a proposal for change has caused an earthquake in the coalition: one of the most controversial was the PSOE’s attempt to introduce a legal amendment to the “only yes is yes” law to abolish prostitution. United We Can and the rest of the allies opposed it, and the withdrawal was necessary – because the amendment would go with the PP – to approve the star law of the department of Irene Montero.

It is also a change that has tightened the ropes and has a particular electoral aspect for the Socialists in territories such as Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha or Extremadura. This is an attempt by the PSOE to exclude hunting dogs from the umbrella of animal welfare law.

The rule introduced by the Ministry of Social Rights caused alarm in some socialist federations, with Emiliano García-Paige saying he had managed to get the socialist group’s amendment to the text approved by the Council of Ministers. . The president of Aragon, Javier Lambán, also mentioned this, knowing the electoral strength of this sector in his society. “Shepherds and hunting dogs are excluded from the law, which is great news that shows sensitivity to the rural environment and its activities,” Aragon’s president told reporters, who assured him he was citing his “incompatibility” with the ministers involved. “The government approved the law, but was not satisfied with the changes introduced.

The PSOE has been trying for some time to regain its pulse in the rural world, where they feared a significant implementation of Vox. The argument for excluding hunting dogs from the Animal Welfare Act is that it is limited to pets under European law.

In this case, the partners change roles and it is United We Can, which refuses to change what it claims to be the consensus within the government. “The amendment they proposed seems very serious to us. We are sure that although the PSOE is under pressure, it is not in favor of burying puppies in lime or hanging greyhounds. What they are doing is abusing animals,” strongly criticized co-spokesperson Maria Teresa Perez.

Today, the parliamentary horizon of this law is in the air. Socialist parliamentary sources suggest that the change to differentiate the right to protect animals depending on whether they are pets should go ahead with the support of the PP, against the entire law from the start. What is happening is that, except for United We Can, the majority of the parliamentary partners are openly opposed to the subsequent support text in the Congress, which provides for the PSOE amendment and therefore essentially changes the one approved by the Council of Ministers.

In the Socialist leadership, they are trying to distinguish this law from the housing law, which they believe is vital to the coalition. “It’s not the same to negotiate the law and its minutiae for two budget years than it is to introduce amendments to a non-negotiated issue,” they argue.

With these twists, both laws are now in tatters, as is the health law, which has yet to be approved by the ERC, which wants to ban the use of rubber balls (as is already happening in Catalonia) and wants to progress. Assuming the veracity of the agents whose only testimony served to justify the imposition of punishment under the PP norm. Negotiating sources claim that several contacts between the main groups have already taken place by the end of the summer, some of them this week, and that progress has been made in the search for an agreement. However, the same sources indicate that everything still hangs in the balance and that the negotiating table is often torn apart by news related to Fernando Grande-Marlasca’s Interior Ministry. It was revealed this week that his department had recently acquired 60,000 rubber balls just as parliamentary groups were trying to reach an agreement to eliminate them.

In the coalition, they are also likely to disagree in the budget negotiations, which will be the last public account of the mandate and the last opportunity to push through key measures of the delayed program agreement. At the door of the Minister of Finance, María Jesus Montero, who will present the project to Congress – in late September or early October, according to her calculations – “United We Can” began to argue with the proposal that the need arises. Limit on variable mortgage. A measure that PSOE ruled out.

In Moncloa, they take it for granted that there will be an agreement and that the project will be approved by Cortes, despite Pedro Sánchez’s intention to include increased defense spending, which all his allies reject. Again, the PSOE believes that the PP can save this chapter, although it believes that the usual allies will do so when asked, so that the whole project does not fail. “This increase will not hurt other social elements,” Socialist sources said, while United We Can revealed that military spending was a “red line” that must be heavily offset by social measures if the PSOE is to close the deal.

Source: El Diario

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