Budget 2022: Senate votes an anti-inflation extension of 2.5 billion euros

The text notably offers 1.8 billion euros for an energy check intended for 12 million households, and an aid of 230 million euros for the French who heat up with wood.

Le Monde with AFP

The Senate, dominated by the right-wing opposition, voted on Wednesday November 16 at first reading, after the National Assembly, of retouching in the 2022 budget, with an anti-inflation extension of 2.5 billion euros for Finance in particular an exceptional energy check. The vote of this second amending finance bill (PLFR), after some modifications, was acquired by 251 votes to 28. Deputies and senators will now try to agree on a common version of the text in joint joint committee.

This PLFR “is a continuation of the purchasing power package” voted this summer, reported the Minister responsible for public accounts, Gabriel Attal. It “ensures the financing of measures which will change the daily life of the French while carrying out a certain number of adjustments”.

“dead angle”

The text offers “an extension of 2.5 billion euros”, including 1.8 billion euros to finance an exceptional energy check for 12 million households. And an exceptional help of 230 million euros to correct the “dead angle” of households heating with wood, whether logs or pellets. An envelope of 440 million euros must finance the two -week extension of the fuel rebate of 30 cents per liter – which increased to 10 cents this Wednesday, and not at the beginning of the month as was planned at the start.

This connective budget still contains measures to support universities faced with the rise in energy prices and armies with that of fuel.

The Senate adopted an amendment to the government degrading for 2022 the forecast of the public deficit which would establish itself at – 5 % of GDP, against – 4.9 % in the initial text deposited in the National Assembly. Mr. Attal, however, explained that this return to 5 % could only be “temporary”, the cash register recovering funds due by energy and not settled.

Senators also adopted, against the opinion of the government, several amendments by the general rapporteur Jean-François Husson (Les Républicains). One aims to allocate more resources to the needs of communities for carrying out road work.

Another affects 100 million euros in credits to the renovation of water networks, but Mr. Attal judged that this request was already satisfied by the announcement on Monday by Elisabeth Borne, of an increase in 100 million euros in the means for water agencies. The general rapporteur has further planned for the credits for the maintenance of bridges.

/Media reports.