Cabinet chief to give presentation todayWednesday, August 6, 2014
Boudou to outshine Capitanich in Senate
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich will today deliver a briefing to the Senate in a session that is likely to be overshadowed by opposition demands that embattled Vice-President Amado Boudou be suspended as president of the Senate.
Boudou has not presided over a Senate session since he was indicted on June 27 on charges of bribery and negotiations incompatible with public office related to the mint formerly known as Ciccone, and will this time be in Bogotá, Colombia for the inauguration of President Juan Manuel Santos.
The opposition has vowed to fiercely protest Boudou’s continuing role in the Senate, a stance that has hardened in recent days with Gerardo Morales, president of the Radical Party (UCR) bloc in the Senate, announcing that various opposition blocs will be presenting a motion that calls for Boudou’s suspension as Senate president.
The Upper House as a body can censure its members but it is not clear if such a motion would apply to Boudou, who is technically a member of the Executive.
Congress back in action
The legislative spirit is set to return to both houses of Congress today following the lethargy of the World Cup and a long winter break. Two bills are expected to sail through their respective votes.
The Senate is expected to approve a bill to reduce sales tax for print media with annual revenues of up to 126 million pesos, with the smallest newspapers and magazines seeing the sales tax on their publications reduced to 2.5 percent.
The bill has been fast-tracked through the Senate and will become law today, as will a bill granting immunity from Argentine jurisdiction to foreign central banks, which will be voted on in the Lower House. The measure, which has already received unanimous Senate approval, is part of the US$11 billion currency-swap deal signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s official visit to the country just over three weeks ago.
— Herald staff with Télam