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Bolsonaro’s Cash Handouts Proposal Keeps Growing in Congress

  • Total cost of bill nears $8 billion as lawmakers add benefits
  • Bill passed the senate and now needs lower house backing
Shoppers browse produce at an outdoor market in Rio de Janeiro, Braziil.

Shoppers browse produce at an outdoor market in Rio de Janeiro, Braziil.

Photographer: Maria Magdalena Arrellaga/Bloomberg
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President Jair Bolsonaro’s proposal to help Brazilians suffering with inflation is becoming more expensive as lawmakers add more benefits to the original bill about three months before general elections.

The bill’s latest price tag is 41.3 billion reais ($7.9 billion) after lawmakers included cash handouts to cab drivers and small farmers on Thursday, before it was approved in a landslide vote by the senate. It now goes for a vote in the lower house.