On the first day of voting on the draft State Budget for 2023 and on more than 1,800 proposed amendments, the PS (and the Government) continue to show who the new allies in Parliament are. PAN is at the forefront and has already received approval for three proposals, including a free menstrual product pilot project, a study to assess the impact of the so-called “pink tax,” and the creation of a “Giesbert space.” to support LGBTI people affected by violence. Right behind it was Livre, which has made strides in terms of human rights action training and public housing programs. On the other hand, the SDP won one and a half victories. On the first day Blok, Liberal Initiative and Chega were left empty-handed.
Already in the morning, during the debate, the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Ana Catarina Méndez, assured that the PS would make viable proposals to change the “various benches of the half-cycle”, despite the absolute majority. The measures that were eventually approved were small flags of the parties that proposed them, including a “pink tax”, combating menstrual poverty or violence against LGBTI people, teaching human rights, or improving accessibility.
Pressure on the majority so that it does not remain “closed in itself”