- Title: ITALY - GOVERNMENT WINS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON FUND-RAISING MEASURE
- Date: 14th November 1994
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (NOVEMBER 14, 1994) (RTV) 1. GV/CRANE-DOWN EXT. MONTECITORIO (LOWER HOUSE)/SLV DEPUTIES ARRIVE (2 SHOTS) 0.10 2. HAS,GV/SV INTERIOR (2 SHOTS) 0.21 3. HAS,SV SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE IRENE PIVETTI 0.26 4. HAS,SV HEAD OF POPULAR PARTY ROCCO BATTIGLIONE SAYS HE WILL NOT BACK THE CONFIDENCE MOTION (ITALIAN) 0.32 5. HAS,GV PANS CHAMBER 0.39 6. HAS,SV ALESSANDRA MUSSOLINI 0.43 7. HAS,SV/HAS,GV/PAN ALTERCATIONS BETWEEN LEFT AND RIGHT WING MEMBERS (3 SHOTS) 1.22 8. SV INTERIOR MINISTER ROBERTO MARONI (BEARD AND BLUE JACKET) 1.31 9. SV MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT ASLEEP 1.35 10. GV CEILING/CRANE DOWN TO HAS GV CHAMBER, VOTES TAKE PLACE (2 SHOTS) 1.49 11. HAS,SV SPEAKER IRENE PIVETTI ANNOUNCES RESULT OF VOTE (ITALIAN) 2.09 12. HAS,GV/PAN RIGHT WING DEPUTIES CHEER (2 SHOTS) 2.17 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Reuters ID: LVA4EV5WMJUGUC9C4UUH3Z062K99
- Story Text: Italy's government on Monday (November 14) won a vote of confidence called by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on a key fund-raising measure in his controversial 1995 budget bill.
The Chamber of Deputies voted 321 to 134 in favour of the government, speaker Irene Pivetti announced.
Opposition politicians slammed Berlusconi's decision to make a confidence issue of the budget measure, granting amnesty to Italians for illegal construction in return for a fixed payment, as an attempt to ride roughshod through parliament.
It was the first time since his centre-right coalition was installed in May that he had called a confidence vote, a tactic often used by past governments to push through unpopular legislation.
More than a score of leftist parliamentarians addressed the chamber before the vote in a tactic that held up proceedings for seven hours.
Several members of the 630-seat Chamber of Deputies also boycotted the ballot, whose outcome means the building amnesty was passed by the assembly. It must now go to the Senate.
The budget aims to slash the 1995 deficit by 48 trillion lire (30 billion United States dollars) to 138.6 trillion (89 billion USD) through revenue increases and spending cuts.
The axe will fall most heavily on health care and pensions.
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