The PP and Vox are trying to paralyze the processing of the amnesty law in Congress, which, after Junts refused to approve it in the vote on Tuesday, returned to the previous round of deliberation by the Justice Commission. The Partido Popular and the far-right party registered separate letters in the Lower House requesting that the routine be completely reversed and, therefore, stop the processing. They argue that, in the vote on Tuesday, the bill not only did not get an absolute majority (the scenario in which, according to the regulations, it should be returned to the committee) but it did not even get a simple majority because there is more than yes Sources from the Presidency of the Congress, held by the socialist Francina Armengol, responded that this claim is “unfounded.” The decision will be made at the table, where PSOE and Sumar have a majority.
The parliamentary spokesman of the PP, Miguel Tellado, registered a reconsideration letter to Congress on Thursday in which he demanded that “any parliamentary action or procedure aimed at reactivating or continuing a legislative procedure that has been rejected in the Plenary Session be prevented,” about the amnesty law. The short PP maintains that the bill was rejected by an absolute majority in Congress on Tuesday—it received 171 yeses and 179 noes—and that the decision of President Francina Armengol to return it to the Commission of Justice was inappropriate, “but that the will expressed in the Chamber is reducing it.
The public interprets Congressional Regulations in a different sense than Armengol. The reconsideration letter signed by Tellado argues as follows: “Article 131.2 of the Regulations, mentioned by the President, orders the possible referral to the Commission where it comes from the moment “the favorable vote of the absolute majority is not obtained.” of the members of the House in the final vote on the entire text.” And, in this case, it is not that the proposal of the amnesty law obtained a favorable majority, although not enough, which is the case in which this provision of a kind of “second chance” applies. The analysis revealed the complete opposite majority of the final vote on the entire text. And that unappealable result means that the return of the Justice Commission cannot be used in this case. Vox expresses itself in the same way.
The Plenary Session of Congress first voted on the opinion of the law on Tuesday, where it requires an absolute majority, and it was approved with 177 votes in favor, as well as the Junts. However, since it has an organic status, the law requires a second vote that requires a minimum of 176 votes, and that is where Junts voted no, leaving the support for the law at 171 representatives compared to 179, which is against.
Sources from the Presidency of the Cortes confirm that there is no place for the request of the PP: “This is a frankly shocking interpretation because it is based on a criterion that is not expressed in the letter of the regulations and, most what is a mandate from the Plenary Session, which is always sovereign. PP wrote and will answer it, but there is no basis for it,” they continued. Other parliamentary sources also emphasized that on Tuesday, during the plenary session, there were two votes: one on the opinion and another on the entire amnesty law, and they pointed out that if the plenary session wants to break the text of the code completely, it will reject the opinion, which was previously voted and approved. In any case, the Congressional Board will study the requests of the PP and Vox, which will likely be rejected by the progressive majority.