A special Brazilian Chamber of Deputies committee on Tuesday night rejected a series of crippling amendments to a major pension reform bill favored by the administration of President Michel Temer. The action clears the way for the bill to be debated by the full Chamber. The panel rejected nine separate amendments that would have watered down the bill, voting to accept only one minor amendment dealing with judicial jurisdiction in certain pension and compensation cases. The main body of the bill would make sweeping changes in Brazil’s public pension system, setting a minimum retirement age and limiting benefits paid out by a system which is already technically bankrupt. President Temer has made the proposal the centerpiece of his modernization drive.
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