Brazil’s Senate passes main text of 20-year spending cap

Brazilian senators on Tuesday passed the main text of a 20-year public spending cap proposed by President Michel Temer to control a ballooning budget deficit, a crucial step in his plan to rescue Brazil’s stalled economy.

The Senate approved the spending ceiling by a 53-16 margin, though leftist opponents of the austerity measure sought to delay the vote as long as possible.

Senators must still vote on some details of the bill, such as requests to exempt education and health spending from the cap, which are expected to be rejected by lawmakers.

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