Parliament Oks budget law rejecting President’s request for re-examination

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The join plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate has adopted the budget law on Wednesday in the form sent for promulgation, thus rejecting President Klaus Iohannis’ re-examination request.

The budget law passed by 245 votes in favor, 115 against, two abstentions. Three MPs have not voted.

Previously, the joint budget-finance committees in Parliament had given their green light to the law in the form initially adopted, meaning they had not operated any amendment according to the head of state’s request.

At the same time, all amendments filed by the Opposition parties have been rejected, with no general debate taking place.

PSD-ALDE lawmakers argued that the Opposition’s amendments do not specify the sources of financing, so they could not be admitted. Finance minister Eugen Teodorovici, attending the session, proposed MPs to vote the law without any debate.

FinMin also said that the Opposition’s amendments were “pointless”, adding that, according to the 2019 budget, all increases are covered.

Minister Tedorovici also embarked on a row with Liberal senator Florin Citu, offending him during the debate in the committees over the 2019 state budget, shouting at him: “Your are handsome! You, cypress! You are not only ugly, you are also stupid!”

After the ruling Social Democrat Party has criticised him for refusing to promulgate the 2019 budget law, President Iohannis has convened another press conference on Monday after the one on Friday, stating that PSD is to blame for the budget delay and urging lawmakers to seriously re-examine the law that has returned in Parliament. More here.

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