The Senate approved this Thursday and returned with modifications to the Chamber of Deputies the bill that declares the emergency for preventive competitions and bankruptcies in the framework of the pandemic of coronavirus.
The initiative was approved with 41 votes in favor and 29 against by the opposition, which criticized the “delay” generated by the changes made to the original wording.
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The Senate held its first ordinary session of the year with an agenda of issues agreed upon by the ruling party and the opposition, in a kind of new coexistence pact after several months of tension.
The upper house unanimously approved bills on health, situations related to the pandemic and amendments to international agreements signed by the country and left until the end the bill declaring the emergency in bankruptcy and bankruptcy processes, the only one of the nine issues that I had no consensus.
Last Wednesday, Front of All Y Together for Change they agreed on the agenda of issues in what was the first meeting of block chiefs of the year, something that the opposition had been demanding insistently and that the ruling party finally granted, along with the flexibility of the “virtual” modality.
In this way, the two most important banks of the Senate achieved a moment of détente after several months of conflict, which was celebrated by the Mendoza Julio Cobos, from Together for Change, who stated: “It is a pleasure to go through this session.”
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Cobos highlighted “the effort that the block presidents have made with issues of agreement and consensus” while indicating that “there are also issues on which there is no consensus, such as bankruptcies and bankruptcies, but there is interest in debating” .
“These are things that are good for the citizenry, because they are waiting for joint responses from the ruling party and the opposition,” said the senator, who was one of those who worked on the recomposition of the internal relations of the Chamber.
The man from Mendoza participated in the conversations in recent weeks with the leaders of the Frente de Todos, José Mayans, and Juntos por el Cambio, Luis Naidenoff, the official from Mendoza Anabel Fernández Sagasti and the president of the Chamber, Cristina Kirchner, who had a talk with the head of the opposition group.
In that new climate The Senate unanimously approved with 68 votes a bill to “ensure patients’ access to palliative care in its different modalities in the public, private and social security spheres and the accompaniment of their families”.
Mario Fiad, from Jujuy, who chairs the Health Commission, highlighted that “many establishments already provide palliative care to their patients but others do not” and warned that “in Argentina only 10% of patients who need them can access them.”
Along with this initiative, another was approved that aims to regulate the principles and scope of “telehealth” as a modality for providing health services, with the incorporation of the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and devices.
Previously, an initiative by Sergio Leavy (Frente de Todos) from Salta was also unanimously approved to exempt the entities that make up the National System of Voluntary Firefighters during the period of catastrophes, epidemics and / or pandemics, from the suspension or cut off of services of energy, gas, running water, fixed or mobile telephony and Internet and cable TV.
Among other issues, the protocol of the Amendment to the Rome Statute regarding the International Criminal Court and another on the 1973 International Convention to Prevent Pollution from Ships were also approved.