A sweeping pension reform proposed by Brazilian President Michel Temer has failed to garner majority support in the country’s Chamber of Deputies, according to a survey published Thursday by the Estado news organization. Estado reporters interviewed 85% of the 513 members of the lower house of Congress. Only 95 said they support the administration’s proposal. Of those, 84 said they would support amendments designed to blunt the reform’s impact on retirees. A total of 251 members of the Chamber of Deputies said they oppose the reform. The reform comes in the form of a constitutional amendment and requires a three-fifths vote, or 308 members, to pass the Chamber. Temer has said he wants a Chamber vote by June. The reform is considered crucial in efforts to rein in government spending and end chronic deficits. Temer has made the reform the centerpiece of his 2017 legislative agenda. The reform would set a minimum retirement age, among other restrictions, and is strongly opposed by labor unions.
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