Brazilian president Michel Temer's government is set to pass a constitutional change that will ensure that neoliberal policies will endure until 2037. The bill will limit spending on health, education social welfare, and public services for two decades.
|PEC 241 as the bill is called, has been approved by the lower house by a vote of 23 to 7 in favor. It now goes to the Senate. A sixty percent approval is required on each vote to amend the constitution. The bill's defenders claim that the measure will ensure that Brazil's large debt will be controlled. However a 2014 poll by the National Industry Confederation shows that the main concerns of Brazilians are public order, health, public safety and education in that order.|