Javier Milei failed to get his omnibus bill approved. On this occasion, the president of Argentina had to follow the vote from a distance, because he was visiting Israel. After many threats and mistakes in the delegation of powers, the vote on the law in Congress ended in the worst possible way for La Libertad Avanza (LLA) –Milei’s party–, which had to send back the whole project to your beginning
Although the project had been approved before, Milei realized that the law had lost its main articles as a result of negotiations with the opposition. When the debate reached the privatization chapter, the far-right group decided it would prefer defeat to half-victory.
“Caste is against the change that we Argentines voted for in the polls,” said Milei from Israel. Now the plan is to continue the committee debate next week, although the scenario is complicated. The deputies of Unión por la Patria, the opposition, left happily with the sound of cars showing up at the doors of Congress. On the other hand, LLA politicians repeatedly said that “betrayal pays big.”
Chronicle of a defeat
The day Javier Milei planned to celebrate the approval of his extraordinary power ended badly. The atmosphere in the Chamber of Deputies is not decisive and, a few minutes before the bell to start the session, the opposition deputies warned: “They do not have the votes to approve the delegations.”
The background to the approval of delegated powers is clear: Milei can legislate on economic, financial, security, tariff, energy and administrative matters without having to go through Congress.
The first article of the project, which states emergencies, was approved with 134 positive votes and 121 negative. Powers delegated for one year are also approved. But the problem came when the bases of that delegation came to the debate, which determined what aspects the president could intervene. Like a domino, they fell one by one until they reached an almost complete collapse.
The first fallen delegations
In an attempt to save some of the delegations, those from Milei called for negotiations to be conducted individually. Everything started well for the far right until the turn of section H, which enabled Milei to change or eliminate the trust funds that are in the country, such as the Socio-Urban Integration Fund, the Protection of Indigenous Forests and the regulation. of the subsidy for the consumption of gas in cold areas, which caused the end of the vote with 112 votes in favor and 142 against.
After the vote against, the LLA will also lose the bases of delegations on security and energy matters. Regarding the Administrative Reorganization chapter, the opposition broke all the bases except one: the one that seeks the professionalization of the administrative career.
Final blow: Privatization
When voting on article 7, on the privatization of public companies, it was clear that the opposition was broad enough to prevent it from proceeding. The LLA made some changes, but refused to continue reducing the list of companies subject to privatization and introduced greater aspects of transparency in the process, as requested by other parliamentary groups. There are sectors of radicalism that also claim that the privatization of every company must go through Congress, no matter what.
“Why do you want powers when later you will do it through the Decree of Need and Urgency? And that’s what you want to do with the media? Intervene with them to remove people? ” asked a radical leader. The debate became exponentially polarized as more and more articles were rejected and threats multiplied.
The proposed solution to the return of calm is a half-hour meeting where the main opponents sit with Milei and his right-hand man, Santiago Caputo, to see how to resolve the issue. Not only did they disagree, but the threat that Caputo issued a week ago was confirmed: if the main articles fall, they will lower the law. Formally, the proposal is to return the project to the committees.