Brasilia May 3 The head of the committee in
Brazil's lower house of Congress that is examining a landmark
pension reform proposal said he is confident the measure would
easily pass the committee on Wednesday.
Deputy Carlos Marun told reporters he thinks at least 22 of
the 37 members of the committee will approve the measure - three
more than necessary - and that it would be taken up by the full
house in the second half of this month.
The unpopular constitutional amendment would make Brazilians
work longer and reduce some pension benefits to plug a widening
budget deficit at the root of the country's worst recession
(Reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello; Writing by Brad Brooks;
Editing by Daniel Flynn)