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Senate approves bill establishing gas aid

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On Tuesday, the Senate approved a bill instituting gas aid, a benefit for low-income families that will be worth half the national average benchmark price for a 13kg bottle of cooking gas.

Aimed at CadÚnico families, whose monthly family income per capita is less than or equal to half the minimum wage, or who have at home who receive the Continuous Cash Benefit (BPC), the aid will be valid for five years.

The text approved by the Senate, drafted by the rapporteur Marcelo Castro (MDB-PI), foresees as sources of financing the royalties due to the Union due to the production of oil, natural gas and other fluid hydrocarbons in regime production sharing; in addition to part of the income from the sale of the Union’s surplus oil, signing bonuses in auctions for oil and natural gas exploration areas and dividends from Petrobras received by the Union, as well as other budgetary allocations.




A woman carries a donated gas cylinder in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro 05/22/2020 REUTERS / Pilar Olivares

A woman carries a donated gas cylinder in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro 05/22/2020 REUTERS / Pilar Olivares

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“Regarding the source of funding, we have eliminated any increase in Cide. Our tax burden is already too high and, in addition, there would be an unwanted inflationary impact. The sources of financing are linked to the production of oil and natural gas. increase in the price of oil and therefore LPG, collection from these sources will also increase. Thus, the balance of income and expenditure of Gas dos Brasileiros aid will tend to be maintained, ”said the rapporteur, in the opinion.

The proposal will now be analyzed by the Chamber of Deputies.

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