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Macri hauls in Congressional leaders to strategise over 'megadecree'

In a move not unusual for the Macri administration, the government could even overhaul its own decree package by submitting a number of bills to Congress.

Wednesday 31 January, 2018
President Mauricio Macri attends the business forum of the eleventh Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Buenos Aires in December, 2017.
President Mauricio Macri attends the business forum of the eleventh Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Buenos Aires in December, 2017. Foto:AP-Natacha Pisarenko

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President Mauricio Macri will today meet with his allies in Congress to discuss ways to address the tension surrounding the wide-ranging decree package that his government implemented in early January.

In a move not unusual for the Macri administration, the government could even overhaul its own decree package by submitting a number of bills to Congress, the ruling coalition’s majority leader Nicolás Massot confirmed to Radio Mitre.

“If we must transform a decree into law, with the odd modification, then we are willing to do so just as we did with the ART law,” he said.

Macri signed off on the package — known as the "megadecree" — in early January, during the summer holidays, a decision that prompted accusations from the opposition that the government had undermined the role of Congress.

The extensive presidential decree package is aimed at speeding up President Mauricio Macri’s reform agenda. Among 140 modifications to existing legislation and the elimination of 19 laws, are the automation of import licences to attract investment and the authorisation of the ANSES welfare fund to invest in financial services.

The government is confident that the package could pass the Legislative Processes Committee in both houses. However the opposition seems increasingly likely to secure enough votes to override the megadecree with a majority vote in both chambers from March, when Congress begins its 2018 sitting period.

Macri will today meet the presidents of both houses of Congress and the leaders of government-aligned voting bloques.

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