Since Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January 2019, a third of his vetoes have been overturned by Congress, which disagreed with him 24 times. This number exceeds the setbacks he suffered from former heads of state such as Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff or Fernando Henrique Cardoso throughout their mandates.
Bolsonaro’s most recent failures in the House of Commons came last Wednesday when Congress canceled five of the Bolsonaro-issued vetoes to stop parliamentarians’ proposals, including extending tax breaks to the film industry and opening up loans to rural producers.
Those 33 percent of Bolsonaro’s setbacks could increase in the coming weeks if, according to forecasts, Congress throws down its vetoes not to extend corporate payroll tax exemptions or to partially block some items of the new legislation on public sanitation .
Previously, the newspaper “Estadao” recalls, the government had already received congressional rejection on issues such as the new law on citizen security and the increase in election funding.