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Disabled adult allowance: the government uses blocked votes


This procedure allows the government to ask the deputies to vote on all or part of a bill by only one vote, retaining only the amendments that it has proposed or accepted.

Strong tensions in the Assembly.

This Thursday, June 17, the deputies were invited to examine in second reading the bill "on various measures of social justice".

One of the flagship articles of this text aimed to individualize the Disabled Adult's Allowance (AAH), without taking the spouse's income into account.

Today, this assistance is calculated according to the income of the beneficiary, but also that of his spouse.

However, this transpartisan article was purely and simply bypassed by the government, which resorted to the blocked vote.

This passage in force caused a real outcry within the hemicycle, and the departure of several deputies from the right and from the left, from Nicolas Dupont-Aignan to François Ruffin.

The latter also shared on Twitter a photo of elected officials La France rebellious brandishing a red card to the government.

What is blocked voting?

The blocked vote, or single vote, is a procedure permitted by article 44, paragraph 3 of the French Constitution: "

If the government so requests, the assembly seized decides by a single vote on all or part of the text under discussion. by retaining only the amendments proposed or accepted by the government


Concretely, the government can thus choose to make the deputies or the senators vote on the whole of the text, choosing as it sees fit the amendments which will be submitted to this vote.

The unsuccessful amendments are debated in the hemicycle but are not voted on.

The elected officials then have no choice but to accept or reject the whole text as a whole.

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In recent history, this article 44 paragraph 3 - which is reminiscent of the famous article 49, paragraph 3 - has been used twice.

In 2010, the Fillon government, worn out by the socialist opposition to pension reform, decided to use the blocked vote procedure in the Senate.

Three years later, it was the socialist government of Jean-Marc Ayraud which imposed a vote on its own pension reform.

A standard allowance rather than a "de-maritalization"

In the present case, the government as well as the LREM and MoDem groups were opposed to a “de-maritalization” of the AAH. If this proposal had passed first reading in the National Assembly as in the Senate, it had been fundamentally transformed on June 9, during its new study by the Social Affairs Committee of the National Assembly. The government then tabled an amendment deemed "

more redistributive

», In the form of a standard allowance of 5,000 euros on the spouse's income.

More than 60% of the 150,000 couples whose AAH beneficiary is inactive must thus keep their AAH at 903 euros, instead of 45% of couples today.

By having recourse to the blocked vote, the government was able to pass this amendment rather than the “de-maritalization”.

And as the right and left deputies left the hemicycle, it was without their voice that the text was validated.

Read also: Disabled adult allowance: what the bill could change

Created in 1975, the Disabled Adult Allowance is intended for people with disabilities over 20 years of age and with a permanent disability rate of 80% or more. Today it is paid to 1.2 million people. Problem: this assistance is calculated taking into account the spouse's income. And if those of the beneficiary exceed 19,626 euros per year (for a couple without children), he can no longer claim this aid. If, for his part, the spouse receives an income lower than this amount, the AHH of the beneficiary will be reduced proportionally. A method of calculation deemed degrading by the people concerned, facilitating a feeling of dependence and injustice.

Source: lefigaro

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