Brazil's Rousseff suffers fiscal setbacks in Congress




 
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Brazil's Rousseff suffers fiscal setbacks in Congress
 
August 19th, 2015  
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Brazil's Rousseff suffers fiscal setbacks in Congress
By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Senate put off a vote on a key austerity bill on Tuesday and the lower house of Congress voted to increase the cost of a workers severance fund, two setbacks for President Dilma Rousseff's efforts to fight a gaping fiscal deficit. A bill rolling back payroll tax breaks was delayed by negotiations to avoid changes that would require its return to the lower house of Congress where Speaker Eduardo Cunha has obstructed government proposals since defecting to the opposition last month, senators said. The vote, now scheduled for Wednesday, is crucial to end Brazil's legislative gridlock, said Senate President Renan Calheiros, who has brokered a political deal with Rousseff's government to ease tensions with Congress and quieten calls for her impeachment.




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