September 2, 2014
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  • 27/08/2014 | Argentina

    Lower House passes new pensions moratorium

    The Lower House has approved the bill which establishes a new pensions moratorium for independent and self-employed workers, which passed into law with almost unanimous support from government and opposition lawmakers.

  • 02/09/2014 | Argentina

    Capitanich to brief the Lower House tomorrow

    Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich will attend the Congress’ Lower House tomorrow to brief lawmakers on the federal government’s actions, in compliance with article 101 of the National Constitution.

  • 17/06/2014 | Argentina

    Domínguez: Argentina will not say 'yes' to everything

    The head of the Lower House Julián Domínguez responded to opposition figures that questioned the government’s legal strategy against creditors that refused Argentina’s 2005 and 2010 debt swaps. “Would saying yes to everything be a good way to negotiate?” the Kirchnerite leader wondered.

  • 03/07/2014 | Argentina

    Pro-government lawmakers dismiss VP impeachment requests

    Pro-government lawmakers, who were majority at a Lower House committee debate today, dismissed the six impeachment requests against Vice-President Amado Boudou that followed his indictment in the Ciccone case.

  • 06/08/2014 | Argentina

    Lower House signs central banks immunity bill into law

    The Lower House has approved the bill that provides legal immunity for assets held by foreign central banks in Argentina by 201 affirmative votes, 8 negatives and 4 abstentions. The bill was signed into law as it was already sanctioned by the Senate last July.

  • 22/05/2014 | Argentina

    Lower House signs job market bill into law

    Following a 12-hour debate, the Lower House passed the bill that aims at tackling informal employment, granting small companies with economic benefits. The government-sponsored project was passed into law in a 227-3 vote and 4 abstentions.

  • 04/06/2014 | Argentina

    'Opposition ruling the country is worrying, frightening'

    Kirchnerite MP Juliana Di Tullio blasted opposition blocs for vacating their seats when Cabinet Chief addressed the Lower House today, considering the incident of "institutional seriousness” that has “no record."

  • 04/06/2014 | Argentina

    Alfonsín says Capitanich's Congress appearance 'fiction'

    Radical Party MP Ricardo Alfonsín considered Capitanich’s Lower House briefing an “unilateral” “monologue” that bans lawamkers from cross-questioning the cabinet chief.

  • 09/04/2014 | Argentina

    Lower House commission approves YPF deal

    A bill supporting the agreement with Spanish corporation Repsol over the expropriation of YPF will be voted by the Lower House on April 24, after members of a plenary session held by the Energy and Budget committees at the Lower House cleared the project for debate.

  • 16/04/2014 | Argentina

    Victory Front MPs submit bill to regulate street protests

    The Victory Front Lower House caucus has submitted a bill to regulate street protests in a move that seeks to “guarantee and reinforce” the rights of citizens forced to deal with roadblocks and traffic chaos. The project bans the carrying of weapon by security forces during demonstrations too.

  • 14/05/2014 | Argentina

    Biodiesel tax breaks approved in Lower House

    Lawmakers in Congress' Lower House have approved by an overwhelming margin the proposal to exempt biodiesel products from tax burdens. 217 voted in favour of the bill, with four legislators voting against and eight abstentions.

  • 04/12/2013 | Argentina

    Elected MPs sworn in

    The 127 deputies who were elected in October’s midterms were sworn in today. Victory Front’s Martín Insaurralde and Renewal Front’s Sergio Massa took oath of office with Lower House authorities being renewed. Julián Domínguez was re-elected as president of the second chamber.

  • 03/04/2014 | Argentina

    Capitanich defends crime policies during Lower House address

    The cabinet chief read out from a papal document signed by Francis today as part of his response to a question criticising government policy on public safety, as he briefed the Lower House for the first time since being appointed to the post at the end of 2013.

  • 08/04/2014 | Argentina

    Lower House plenary session debates YPF-Repsol deal

    Economy Minister Axel Kicillof, the Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Carlos Zannini, and the head of YPF Miguel Galuccio were attending today a plenary session held by the Energy and Budget committees at the Lower House to provide details about the agreement signed between the Argentine government and Spanish Repsol on YPF's expropriation.

  • 11/09/2013 | Argentina

    Lower House lawmakers discuss debt swap bill

    Lower House lawmakers today began to discuss the bill to reopen the debt swap for holdout creditors who have refused to settle with Argentina since the 2001 US$100 billion default.

  • 12/09/2013 | Argentina

    Gov't sees economic growth picking up 6.2% in 2014

    Argentina's economy is expected to grow 6.2 percent next year, well above the threshold for payment on the country's growth-linked debt and picking up from this year's forecast expansion, Economy Minister Hernan Lorenzino said today.

  • 24/09/2013 | Argentina

    Budget: Di Tullio urges opposition to act 'responsibly'

    Kirchnerite MP Juliana Di Tullio has called for “responsibility” among the political leadership to discuss the budget law tomorrow at the Lower House after certain opposition voices anticipated their rejection to the 2014 budget.

  • 20/08/2013 | Argentina

    Opposition insists on Lower House presidency plans

    The opposition should seek to preside over the Lower House in case of a triumph in October’s legislative elections, congressional candidates Ricardo Alfonsín and José Ignacio De Mendiguren said today.

  • 03/09/2013 | Argentina

    Income tax reform receives green light in Lower House Committee

    The Lower House Budget Committee approved a bill that seeks to tax companies stocks that are not listed in the market. The project follows last week’s announcement by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner increasing the income tax floor by 20 percent.

  • 04/09/2013 | Argentina

    Tax reform bill passed by Lower House

    With 139 votes in favor and 91 against, MPs passed the Income tax reform bill which will be sent next week to the Senate in order to become law.

  • 14/05/2013 | Argentina

    Last Judicial Reform bill cleared for debate in the Lower House

    A bill to regulate the designation of judiciary personnel and make it more "democratic" was cleared for debate today by pro-government lawmakers in the Lower House in an ordinary session.

  • 28/05/2013 | Argentina

    Lower House cleares whitewash bill for debate

    The Lower House cleared the Government-sponsored whitewash bill for debate at tomorrow's session, after the joint committee gathered to discuss it with Kirchnerite lawmakers.

  • 30/05/2013 | Argentina

    Gov't secures tax amnesty bill at Lower House

    After a 12-hour debate, the Lower House signed into law the tax amnesty bill. Kirchnerite MPs managed to rally the necessary support to pass the government-sponsored project on a 130-107 votes.

  • 25/04/2013 | Argentina

    After fierce debate, Government secures judicial reform bills at Lower House

    After seventeen hours defined by heavy crossfire between pro-government and opposition lawmakers, the amendments to the Council of Magistrates' bill, the creation of three Cassation Courts and the regulation of injunctions against the state were passed.

  • 25/04/2013 | Argentina

    Rossi accuses opposition of 'lying'

  • 25/04/2013 | Argentina

    Yoma: 'The voting was absolutely legal'

  • 23/04/2013 | Argentina

    Kirchnerism positive on clearing judicial reform bills for debate

    Deputies of three Lower House committees will meet today in a plenary session that will count with Justice Minister Julio Alak and Deputy Justice Minister Julián Alvarez who will, once again, explain the judicial reforms sponsored by the national government which are expected to be cleared for parliamentary debate.

  • 23/04/2013 | Argentina

    Alvarez confirms two amendments to Council of Magistrates bill

    Justice secretary Julián Alvarez confirmed the decision to make two amendments to the judicial reform bill calling for changes in the Council of Magistrates and will allow the Supreme Court to handle the Judiciary’s budget.

  • 24/04/2013 | Argentina

    Judicial reform session in Lower House may last overnight

    The lawmakers continue discussing three bills of the controversial judicial reform in the Lower House all night long. The Government estimates, they will have them approved by morning.

  • 24/02/2013 | Argentina

    Peronist Front to vote against AMIA accord

    The agreement with Iran to probe the 1994 AMIA terrorist bomb massacre continues to receive criticism from the Jewish community, while the dissident Peronists party announced that it will vote against the bill on Wednesday, when it is scheduled to be debated in the Lower House.

  • 26/02/2013 | Argentina

    AMIA case: General Attorney sources rule out Timerman provided key data

    Sources from the Public Prosecutor's office investigating the AMIA bombing assured that Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman did not give any key clue to clarify the terrorist attack that left 85 deaths, as the official assured today during his briefing at the Lower House.

  • 22/04/2013 | Argentina

    Judicial reform: 'We'll get the votes to pass it,' Rossi

    Deputy and head of the Victory Front’s caucus in the Lower House, Agustín Rossi bashed the opposition by saying they are “creating a horrible environment ahead of this Wednesday’s session” in which a series of Justice system reforms will be debated.

  • 21/11/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House approves stock market regulation bill

    Lawmakers in the Lower House preliminary approved a bill which seeks to modify the regulatory scheme of the stock market, and will be debated in the Upper House next week.

  • 18/12/2012 | Argentina

    Human trafficking law bill cleared for debate

    Lower House's committees cleared the Human trafficking law bill for debate, and will discussed at the floor tomorrow. The bill has been preliminary approved by the Upper House.

  • 19/12/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House approves Human Trafficking bill

    The Lower House of Congress approved today the Human trafficking bill almost unanimously - 224 in favour and one abstained from voting.

  • 30/10/2012 | Argentina

    Senate to debate Budget, 'per saltum' bills

    The Upper House of Congress will debate the Budget 2013 and "per saltum" bills in an intense session that is expected to last several hours.

  • 01/11/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House rapidly clears 'per saltum' bill for debate

    Lower House lawmakers in the Constitutional Affairs and Justice committee rapidly approved the ‘per saltum’ bill in a morning session today and it has been cleared for debate, after it was passed yesterday 43 to 26 votes in the Senate.

  • 11/11/2012 | Argentina

    Kirchnerites willing to approve 'Per Saltum' this week

    The Lower House of Congress will hold a debate on Wednesday, as the pro-goverment bloc is willing to approve the "Per Saltum" bill.

  • 23/10/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House clears teen suffrage bill for debate

    The Lower House of Congress cleared the teen suffrage bill for debate, and will be discussed at the floor next week.

  • 24/10/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House approves ART law reform

    The Lower House of Congress approved the reform of the ART risk insurance law with 139 votes in favour and 82 against. The bill had been preliminary approved by the Senate on October 3.

  • 30/10/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House to debate teen suffrage

    The debate at the Lower House of Congress over government-sponsored teen suffrage bill will begin on Wednesday.

  • 09/10/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House clears ART bill reform for debate

    The Workers Legislation, Budget and General Legislation committees of the Lower House of Congress cleared the workers risk insurance (ART) law reform for debate and will be at the floor on October 24. The bill has already been preliminary approved by the Senate.

  • 11/10/2012 | Argentina

    Pro-gov't bloc says Despouy to continue as head of AGN

    Leandro Despouy's situation as the head of the National General Audit (AGN) was confirmed, after the pro-government bloc considered "enough proof" a support letter sent by the head of the Radical Party, Mario Barletta, to ratify his position.

  • 18/10/2012 | Argentina

    'Habitat law' bill preliminary approved by BA province congress

    Buenos Aires province Lower House of Congress preliminary approved the "Habitat Law" bill, which forces gated neighbourhoods to cede lands for the construction of houses of social plans.

  • 21/08/2012 | Argentina

    Ex Ciccone take over bill cleared for debate

    The bill to take over the currency printing South American Values Company, formerly known as Ciccone, was cleared for debate by the Constitutional Affairs, Budget and General Legislation Committes, and will debated at the Lower House of Congress tomorrow.

  • 22/08/2012 | Argentina

    Lawmakers approve Ciccone expropriation bill

    The Lower House of Congress has approved the bill that declares the mint South American Values Company (CSV), formerly known as Ciccone Calcográfica, of public use and subject to expropriation by the national government, in a special session.

  • 03/10/2012 | Argentina

    Congress calls on Coast Guards to 'adapt their actions to democratic guidelines'

    Amidst the conflict triggered by the Coast Guard and Gendarmerie officials' claim, the pro-government bloc, along with other opposition blocs, summoned the heads of the Upper and Lower House of Congress to analyze the situation.

  • 04/07/2012 | Argentina

    'There are people who want to see Argentina fail'

    Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina asked for “responsibility” to safeguard “the present and the future of the Argentines and urged people to preserve the achievements of the Government, as he answered questions of the administration during a visit to the Lower House.

  • 17/08/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House's Kirchnerites call for special session over Ciccone

    The Lower House of Congress called for a special session for next Wednesday to debate the bill to take over the currency printing South American Values Company, formerly known as Ciccone, preliminary approved by the Senate last night.

  • 20/08/2012 | Argentina

    'Education should never be cuts' target,' Deputy Domínguez

    The head of the Lower House of Congress, Julián Dominguez, assured that "education should never be part of the cuts," referring to the current situation of Buenos Aires province government that is applying the "fine tunning" in the education policies.

  • 02/05/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House debates YPF draft bill

    The Lower House of Congress began the YPF draft bill debate over the expropriation of the oil company that has been already preliminary approved by the Senate. The session went on until midnight and will go on a recess to continue today at 10am. The government-sponsored bill will determine the expropriation of the 51 percent of the shares of YPF so far owned by Spain-based energy company Repsol.

  • 03/05/2012 | Argentina

    Domínguez highlights opposition support to approve YPF bill

    The head of the Lower House of Congress, Julián Dominguez, highlighted the support of the opposition lawmakers to approve the law that allows the expropriation of 51 percent of the YPF shares currently owned by Spain's Repsol.

  • 27/06/2012 | Argentina

    Income tax: Lower House fails to reach quorum

    Opposition lawmakers did not manage to reach quorum today to begin a special session in which they were supposed to debate several bills related to the Income tax minimum floor, one of the issues that prompted today's national truck drivers' strike and march to Plaza de Mayo called by CGT's chief Hugo Moyano.

  • 22/12/2011 | Argentina

    Senate approves Newsprint, Land Ownership Bill

    The Upper House of Congress approved the Land Ownership bill with 62 votes in favour and 1 against. During the second day of the 48-hour marathon extraordinary session, the Senate also approved the controversial Newsprint bill which establishes that the printing and distribution of newsprint is of public interest.

  • 21/03/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House passes bill banning women from 'forgiving' their rapists

    The Lower House of Congress passed a bill that bans women from forgiving their rapists. The avenimiento is a legal stance in the Penal Code which allows rapists to be released from prison and have their charges dropped against them if their victim agrees to do so, providing they had a pre-existing relationship.

  • 28/03/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House passes subway transfer bill

    The Lower house passed the bill that transfers the subway service to the City Government, following an eight hour long debate. Thus, the subway service and 33 metropolitan bus routes will officially be transferred from the National to the City Government.

  • 15/12/2011 | Argentina

    Rossi: ‘It’s hard to discuss the real economy with the opposition’

    During an interview this morning, the Lower House majority leader Agustín Rossi (Victory Front-Santa Fe) told a local radio station that he considered “hard to discuss the real economy with the opposition.”

  • 16/12/2011 | Argentina

    Land ownership bill passed at the Lower House

    The land ownership bill, a legislation aimed at restricting foreign ownership of rural land, was approved by the Lower House early on Friday with 153 in favour and 26 against the new law. The bill now moved to the Senate.

  • 21/12/2011 | Argentina

    Upper House approves 2012 Budget Law, economic bills

    The Upper House of Congress approved the 2012 Budget with 44 votes in favour and 26 against, and a package of economic bills sponsored by the government. Earlier, the controversial Farm Worker Statute that sparked Union protests was approved at the Senate with 68 votes in favor and one against from senator and former president Carlos Menem.

  • 13/12/2011 | Argentina

    Feletti asks opposition to 'reflect upon' and 'support' draft Budget bill

    The Lower House’s Budget and Finance Committee’s newly appointed head, Roberto Feletti, today reinforced that the opposition should “reflect upon” and "support" the 2012 draft Budget bill put forward, underling that it “mirrors the Government’s economic and tax policies.”

  • 14/12/2011 | Argentina

    Lower House passes 2012 Budget bill

    The Lower House finally passed the 2012 budget bill that the Government House had sent to Congress hoping it would be debated in extraordinary sessions. After a 7-hour debate, lawmakers voted in general and began debating the bill in particular.

  • 15/12/2011 | Argentina

    Senate committee to debate 2012 Budget, Economic bills

    The Senate's Treasury and Budget Committee will start discussing today a set of bills that include key proposals from the government such as the Budget for 2012, an extension on the Economic Emergency Law and the validity of check and cigarette taxes, which were psased yesterday by the Lower House after a seven-hour debate.

  • 06/12/2011 | Argentina

    Lower House swears in 130 new lawmakers

    Lower House lawmakers elected in October elections were today taking office at a ceremony in Congress. The 130 new deputies, who will give a Kirchnerite majority, were being appointed by the new head of parliament, Julián Domínguez. Likewise, deputy Agustín Rossi will assume head of the Victory Front's bloc, for the seventh year in a row.

  • 06/12/2011 | Argentina

    Julián Domínguez appointed new head of Lower House

    National lawmaker for the Victory Front party, Julián Domínguez, was today sworn in as the new president of the Lower House for the next period of parliamentary sessions. During the ceremony, Domínguez stated that “political commitment” is needed to be able to “guarantee the public’s interest”.

  • 06/12/2011 | Argentina

    Domínguez assures plurality in Congress is 'guaranteed'

    The newly appointed Lower House president, Julián Domínguez, assured that “plurality is guaranteed in Congress” and called for “everyone’s political commitment to guarantee everybody’s interests."

  • 05/10/2011 | Argentina

    Lower House fails to muster quorum to debate income tax floor increase

    The Lower House failed to muster the necessary quorum to hold a special debate on the increase of the income tax floor and the session was canceled, after only 85 of the needed 129 lawmakers made it into the building.

  • 23/10/2011 | Argentina

    Rossi says the elections show a ‘strong Kirchnerism’

    The head of the pro-government bloc at the Lower House of Congress, AgustínRossi, stated that the elections show “a political space like the Kirchnerism very strong and solid.”

  • 09/11/2011 | Argentina

    Budget bill: Lower House's committee clears it for debate

    Lawmakers of the Budget and Treasury Committee of the Lower House cleared for debate a bill on spending laws, which Kirchnerite members wish to approve before the end of the ordinary sessions.

  • 24/08/2011 | Argentina

    The Progressive Front launches its joint Congress bloc

    Progressive Front senators and lawmakers officially launched their caucus in both the Upper and Lower Houses, with the aim of expressing in Congress the ideas that “politically” represent them and gain power in light of the October elections.

  • 31/08/2011 | Argentina

    Lawmakers analyse single-ballot proposals

    The Lower House's Constitutional Affairs Committee was discussing this morning various single-ballot system bill proposals, for possible use in the upcoming elections.


  • 27/09/2011 | Argentina

    Solá officially leaves Federal Peronism bloc

    Lawmaker Felipe Solá officially left the Lower House Federal Peronism bloc and explained his reasons in a meeting with fellow lawmakers. He stressed that he is not returning to Kircherism, but that Federal Peronism "moved in a direction that answered to its own interests."

  • 13/04/2011 | Argentina

    Lower House to debate health insurance draft bill next week

    The Lower House approved a motion to debate in its next session a draft bill regarding health insurance companies, despite the official bloc urging the opposition caucus to give  table emotion treatment to the bill.

  • 13/04/2011 | Argentina

    Lower house approves worker-run factories draft bill

    The Lower House approved a draft bill regarding worker-run factories, which allows employees to participate in creditors meetings and bankruptcy processes.

  • 03/08/2011 | Argentina

    Lower House approves 'economic emergency' bill for areas affected by ashes

    The Lower House of Congress resumed its sessions after the winter recess and approved the bill that declares the state of economic and social emergency in the area affected by the ashes of the Puyehue volcano.

  • 05/12/2013 | World

    French MPs back fines for prostitution clients

    The French lower house of parliament passed a reform of prostitution law imposing fines on clients, a shift to tougher rules which has split the country and angered some sex workers.

  • 13/04/2011 | World

    Italian lower house votes to cut Berlusconi trial

    Italy's lower house of parliament voted to cut the length of some criminal trials, approving a measure that is likely to end Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's trial for bribing his lawyer David Mills.

  • 16/12/2011 | World

    Italy government wins confidence vote on austerity package

    Minister Mario Monti's government won a parliamentary confidence vote on its austerity package today. It now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved before Christmas, probably with another confidence vote.

  • 05/02/2013 | World

    British PM's party split as first gay marriage vote passes

    Britain's parliament voted heavily in favour of legalising gay marriage today, but Prime Minister David Cameron's authority in his own party took a blow as his Conservatives split in two over the measure he had championed.

  • 27/12/2011 | Latin America

    Uruguay Senate preliminary approves abortion bill

    Uruguay's Senate passed a bill to decriminalize abortion, a move that underscores the nation's liberal stance on ethical issues in the mainly conservative Roman Catholic region.

  • 12/12/2012 | Latin America

    Uruguay Congress approves gay marriage law

    The Chamber of Deputies approved the measure after eight hours of debate, with 81 votes in favor out of 87 legislators present. The result was greeted with thunderous applause from around 200 activists watching from the gallery.

  • 11/09/2013 | Economy

    Debt swap set for Lower House approval

    The bill to reopen the debt swap for holdout creditors who have refused to settle with Argentina since the 2001 US$100 billion default is set to be passed as law today after it was cleared for debate in a Lower House committee hearing yesterday, at which the Kirchnerite administration’s economic team once again defended the initiative.

  • 28/02/2013 | Argentina

    Lower House approves Iran accord

    After reaching quorum yesterday and a day-long debate, the Victory Front (FpV) and its allied parties passed into law the bill to give treaty status to the accord signed with Iran to jointly investigate the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack.

  • 29/05/2013 | Argentina

    Lower House addresses tax amnesty bill

    Lawmakers were discussing the Government’s tax amnesty bill on the Lower House floor and the debate was expected to continue after midnight. The bill was cleared for debate yesterday by a Lower House joint congressional committee.

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