Security budget: Borne draws a sixth 49-3 against a backdrop of tensions in the Assembly

Posted Nov 26, 2022, 8:20 AM

And six. After the rejection of a motion of censure LFI on Friday, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne drew the constitutional weapon of 49-3 for the sixth time.

‘We cannot start the same discussions over and over again,’ argued Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, initiating the government’s responsibility for the expenditure side of the Social Security budget, in a new reading.

Rejection of the motion of censure LFI

Just before, the Assembly had largely rejected a motion of censure LFI on the revenue part. It collected only 85 supporters – rebellious, communists and ecologists – very far from the 289 votes necessary to bring down the government.

But ultimately, the discussions focused less on Social Security and its budget than on the atmosphere of tension that has reigned in the National Assembly for 24 hours. Thursday evening, during the examination of an LFI bill, the names of birds rocketed in the hemicycle, until a “You’re going to close it” launched by the elected Guadeloupean Olivier Serva (Liot) at the Renaissance group.

The oppositions denounce the attitude of the macronists

By suspending sessions and amendments, the presidential camp exasperated the opposition by preventing the vote on an unsubdued text in favor of the reintegration of caregivers not vaccinated against Covid-19. Friday evening, the LFI Caroline Fiat pounded “the inadmissible image of the government yesterday” and Minister Olivier Véran “bragging as usual”. She blamed the Macronists for their “hundreds of ridiculous sub-amendments” to slow down the debates.

LR Yannick Neuder in turn denounced the “chaotic situation last night”, saying he was “dismayed by the behavior of the majority and the government” and his “little game of obstruction”, a “denial of democracy” . And the ecologist Sophie Taillé-Polian castigated the “liquidation of Parliament before closing”.

Elisabeth Borne first played the appeasement by calling not to “switch into role-playing games, even fights”. Then she went to the front against the “delaying maneuvers” of LFI which withdrew several texts to discuss its proposal on caregivers. “You do not appreciate that the majority masters the rules of procedure of your Assembly as well as you do,” she told the opposition.

In the end, throughout the day, the presidential camp and the opposition passed responsibility for the invectives exchanged the day before, and the debate on the Social Security budget was therefore relegated to the background.

The National Assembly had only debated its revenue section for three hours. She had voted on the government’s proposal for an additional envelope of 543 million euros for the hospital in 2022, due to “additional costs linked to Covid”. They are in addition to some 570 million euros for the hospital presented to the Senate at first reading, in particular to “deal with the early epidemic of bronchiolitis”, had specified the Minister of Health François Braun.

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