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Budget 2023: Borne engages 49.3 for the tenth time, Nupes files a motion of censure


The Prime Minister engaged for the tenth time this autumn the responsibility of her government via 49.3, in order to achieve the adoption

It's go again.

The right-wing majority Senate on Thursday rejected the state's 2023 draft budget, deploring that most of its amendments have been "swept away" by the government.

The upper house adopted by 260 votes against 54 a preliminary motion, refusing to proceed to a new reading of the text and thus putting "an end to this day of dupes", in the words of the president of the PS group Patrick Kanner.

At the start of the afternoon, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne decided to engage the government's responsibility for a budget text for the tenth time.

🚨 10th 49-3.#Borne governs at the rate of one coup per week.

Government: 10. Democracy: 0.

With the #NUPES, we are filing a motion of censure!

— Mathilde Panot (@MathildePanot) December 15, 2022

In the process, the deputies of Nupes, the left alliance, tabled a final motion of censure.

The motion “will be tabled now so that it can be defended on Saturday”, the chairman of the Finance Committee, LFI deputy Eric Coquerel, told the press.

“Borne governs at the rate of one coup per week.

Government: 10. Democracy: 0”, denounced on Twitter the president of her group Mathilde Panot.

A “denial of democracy” for the opposition

Most of the groups have denounced in advance this recourse by the executive to this 49.3, a constitutional weapon which was activated this Thursday afternoon before the Assembly for the tenth time this autumn on a budgetary text, with a view to a probable final adoption, without a vote, by the end of the week.

It is "a denial of democracy" for the LR Stéphane Sautarel, "a dangerous inter-self" for the ecologist Daniel Breuiller or even "a lack of responsibility", for the socialist Éric Jeansannetas.

The Minister of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal defended himself, claiming to have "established a real dialogue" during the debate on the budget, while justifying the use of constitutional weapons.

“Yes, we have chosen to take our responsibilities with the use of 49.3 since we cannot imagine the 6th world power facing 2023 with empty pockets without a budget,” he said.

“We have chosen to protect purchasing power, to support the French and our businesses, to preserve economic activity and growth as much as possible,” explained the minister.

The executive advances an “increase in revenue”

Arguments that did not convince the LR chairman of the Finance Committee, Jean-François Husson: "This budget is that of all records both in terms of deficit and level of new loans", he said. lamented.

The Minister replied that the additional expenditure would be “financed by the increase in revenue linked to the taxation of superprofits that we have decided at European level”.

“Yes, I dare to use the term superprofit taxation,” he replied to the hubbub aroused in the hemicycle by his remarks.

"This summer we did not necessarily speak in these terms, but spending time in the Senate, ultimately, it forges a man, it makes you evolve," he explained.

The Senate had revised the finance bill (PLF) at first reading with the adoption of numerous amendments.

The upper house had notably rejected one of the government's flagship measures for this second five-year term, the abolition of the CVAE, a local business tax.

The executive thus intends to make France more attractive.

The course set by the government is to contain the public deficit at 5% of GDP, despite measures such as the "tariff shield" to limit increases in regulated gas and electricity prices to 15%, an increase in remuneration teachers or the creation of more than 10,000 civil servant posts, including 3,000 police and gendarmes.

Source: leparis

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