RIO DE JANEIRO, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro thanked federal representatives for the first approval of the social security system reform bill in the House.
In a statement broadcasted on Wednesday evening, the Brazilian president thanked representatives' efforts to approve the bill and the commitment of Head of the House Rodrigo Maia.
The bill proposed by the Bolsonaro administration managed to pass the first test by the House's Committee on Constitution, Justice and Citizenship by a vote of 48 to 18. The committee agreed that the bill was admissible to be voted by the House.
With the approval, the bill will advance to the second phase of the voting, during which a special commission will be formed to analyze the bill's content and elaborate on it. After that, the bill will be submitted to the entire House, which will decide whether to approve it or not. If approved, it will proceed to the Senate.
"The government will continue to count on the congressmen's patriotic spirit for the approval of the reform bill in this second phase and, later on, in the House," Bolsonaro said. "Without those changes (in social security system), the government will not be able to invest in the sectors most important to families, such as public healthcare, education and security."