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“The Congress from when I arrived here, during the Fernando Henrique administration, will never come back. The tax amendments were a victory. But then, you know, right, the person has two, has ten, wants more. And then came these amendments [ no orçamento, de relator, codificadas como RP-9]. Congress has strengthened a lot in relation to the Executive. Perhaps a middle ground in negotiations may exist, but deputies and senators are already used to this extra plus, and then, my friend, going back is not easy.”
(Marcelo Castro, senator for the MDB from Piauí, rapporteur for the General Budget of the Union for 2023, to Daniel Weterman, from Estadão, on the agreement between the Jair Bolsonaro government and Centrão leaders for the distribution of funds from the so-called parallel budget, without transparency, that exceeded R$ 30 billion in the last two years.)