Brazil Congress approves controversial spending cap measure

December 13, 2016 GMT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s Congress has passed a measure to cap government spending over the next 20 years.

The Senate’s 53-16 vote on Tuesday sends the measure to President Michel Temer, who pushed the spending limit to help revive Latin America’s largest economy.

The measure will prohibit government spending from being more than more than the previous year’s inflation rate. It was already passed by the lower Chamber of Deputies.

There were small protests in several cities throughout Brazil while senators debated.

The legislation faced steep opposition from many sectors of Brazil, including public workers and students.

Students say the cap would hurt an education system already considered to be of poor quality.

Temer says the change is necessary to restore confidence in Brazil’s economy, suffering its worst recession in decades.