Elisabeth Borne triggers article 49.3 for the second time

Alexis Delafontaine, with AFP
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9:46 p.m., October 20, 2022

Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne again engaged the government’s responsibility on Thursday in the National Assembly on the revenue part of the Social Security financing bill by means of article 49.3 of the Constitution, which allows the adoption of the text without vote, except motion of censure.

“You rejected the first part of the text. Above all, you distorted the second part”, which was rejected. “We cannot take the risk of a new rejection or a text, again, distorted”, argued before the deputies the head of government, deprived of an absolute majority. This is the second time in two days that the government of Elisabeth Borne has taken responsibility, after a first 49.3 on Wednesday on the first part of the draft budget for 2023.

A 49.3 “modified and enriched”

“We need this third part of the PLFSS. Without it, we will not be able to guarantee the resources of Social Security. Without it, we will not be able to continue the debate on part 4 of the text, which carries major reforms in terms of prevention , health, family policy or autonomy”, insisted the Prime Minister. She referred to the debates in committee “for the most part very constructive” which “enabled to enrich the text, with the adoption of amendments of the majority as well as of the opposition” and deplored that the deputies had, “against the committee”, rejected the first part of the text.

Élisabeth Borne indicated that the text submitted to 49.3 had been “modified, enriched, improved, taking into account the debates in committee”, with in particular the extension of employer exemptions for the employment of casual agricultural workers, and the accumulation of employment and retirement doctors.

New motion of no confidence from the opposition

As during Wednesday’s session, the deputies of the left-wing Nupes coalition did not wait for the end of the speech to leave the hemicycle. In the process, the president of the Insoumis group Mathilde Panot confirmed that the Nupes deputies were going to table a motion of censure. The RN could also submit its own text.

But these texts have practically no chance of bringing down the government, the elected RNs having excluded “a priori” from voting for a text from the Nupes, and vice versa. The LR deputies also seem to be excluded from voting for censorship.


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