Migrants decree, the maxi-amendment of the majority withdrawn in the Senate

After the tensions following a maxi amendment by the majority, which would have effectively canceled the discussion and the vote of most of the amendments of the dem, an agreement was found in the Conference of group leaders on the migrant decree. In the Conference of the Regions the governors unanimously ask to be involved in a dialogue on the aspects of the provision

He holds the agreement in the majority to vote on the sub-amendments to the migrants’ decree agreed at the end of last week which allow the League to withdraw some of its amendments which led to the abolition of special protection. The agreement was definitively sealed to speed up the examination of the decree in the Senate and allow for the final vote by 20 April in the morning. The process was not without tensions: a maxi proposal to modify the majority, defined as a “kangaroo” and which would have effectively canceled the discussion and the vote of most of the amendments of the dem, irritated the Democratic Party. The amendment that would have rewritten a large part of the provision has been withdrawn and Massimiliano Romeo, group leader of the League, explained that “the minorities have undertaken to withdraw the new amendments”. Meanwhile, the Regions are asking for a meeting with the Minister of the Interior, Matteo Piantedosi, with that of the Civil Protection, Nello Musumeci, and with the commissioner for the management of the migrant emergency, Valerio Valenti. In the Conference of Regions the governors unanimously ask to be involved in a dialogue on aspects of the decree and its amendments.

Satisfaction by the majority and the opposition

Romeo made it known that “a key to political discussion without obstruction by the opposition and forcing by the majority has been found. It seems to me a good way to discuss, each with their own idea”. Also on the other hand, the leader of the Pd, Francesco Boccia, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the leader. Boccia acknowledged the president Ignazio La Russa for having “made the majority retrace its steps”. “The ‘kangaroo’ has returned to Australia – Boccia said again in conversation with reporters -. We were very irritated because we believed that the loyalty pact that must be respected when discussing the rules of the game had been violated. We had asked to discuss the merits of the decree , above all on reception and special protection. All this would not have been possible if the shameful maxi-amendment constructed by the forces of the majority had remained. Now we will discuss the amendments democratically in the Chamber and we will be able to make people understand what the differences between right and left are , between those who have a certain idea of ​​acceptance, integration and humanity, and those who continue to use the desperation of the weakest to make political propaganda. In the debate, the differences will be seen and we – he concluded – will do everything to undermine these shameful proposals of the government”.

The maxi-amendment withdrawn and the next steps of the Cutro decree

In the Conference of group leaders, the senators found in their hands the file of amendments to the Cutro decree filed on the evening of 18 April, containing a “maxi-amendment” by the majority to article one, which re-proposed all 11 articles of the decree, including the changes agreed in recent days between the government and the centre-right parties. Its approval would have implied the automatic forfeiture of all the approximately 300 amendments of the oppositions regularly presented to the subsequent articles. This is what in technical jargon is called a predictive or premissive amendment and in journalistic language a kangaroo amendment, because it blows up all subsequent amendments, a ploy that is always unwelcome by the opposition on duty. After the very strong pressure of the oppositions to prevent their proposed amendments from being discussed in the Chamber, the president Ignazio La Russa convened the conference of group leaders, to find an agreement that would protect minorities, preventing the Chamber from turning into a bedlam. The majority adhered to La Russa’s wish and announced the withdrawal of the maxi-kangaroo amendment. We will therefore proceed by voting all 300 amendments, including the few of the majority that summarize the agreements reached in the government coalition. The time constraints will allow the decree to be voted on by the morning of 20 April.