The Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, announced, Monday, November 21, to activate paragraph 3 of article 49 of the Constitution to have the revenue part of the Social Security financing bill (PLFSS) for 2023 adopted. This is the fifth time in the legislature that the government has used this constitutional provision, which allows a text to be passed without a vote – unless a motion of censure is passed by a majority.
“While the new reading [du texte] was to start in session, nearly seven hundred amendments were tabled, in addition to those adopted in committee. We cannot perpetually replay debates that have already been decided”, said the Prime Minister. It triggered 49.3 after only three hours of debate on the 2023 Social Security draft budget, examined in a new reading in the National Assembly.
The president of the group La France insoumise (LFI) in the Assembly, Mathilde Panot, immediately announced the filing of a new motion of censure against the government. “This umpteenth forced passage is unacceptable”, denounced the MP for Val-de-Marne, surrounded by members of her group. She made it clear that she was going ” discuss “ with the other Nupes groups, as well as with the centrist group Freedoms, Independents, Overseas Territories and Territories (LIOT), to find out if they wish to bring their signatures to this motion.
A sixth 49.3 on the “expenses” part?
The text, examined Monday in a new reading in the National Assembly, provides for measures on prevention, medical deserts, or even savings for biology laboratories. keep debating “would threaten the timetable for the examination of the text. (…) However, we need this third part of the bill to finance our social model, to provide resources to our healthcare system, to help the most precarious, to give substance to our policy of autonomy.justified Elisabeth Borne.
Another use of 49.3 should be necessary to then validate the expenditure part of this budget in a new reading. The Prime Minister, who defends a method based on dialogue and compromise, declared that she had “change the bill” subject to 49.3 for “improve it”by integrating an amendment from the Senate, with a majority on the right, to encourage employers to take advantage of the RTT buy-back scheme. “It was not a majority amendment. We are keeping it, because it will support the purchasing power of employees”she defended.
Mme Borne also joked about the ” lies “ of the LFI group, which had recently hinted that the pension reform would be the subject of an amendment to this text. “Nothing is about pension reform in this text”underlined the Prime Minister, recalling that “the exchanges continue[aient] » on this subject with the social partners. “Discussions are progressing. I do not claim that they will result in agreement on all points. But I affirm that they make us progress”.
For her part, Mathilde Panot underlined that such a pension reform could only be contained in the expenditure part and that it therefore remained “vigilant”. The filing of the motion of censure should be effective Tuesday. The National Rally group must for its part decide whether to table its own motion Tuesday morning in an internal meeting, according to a parliamentary source.