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ITALY: Last night the Senate passed a confidence vote on government's 2020
budget by 166 to 128 votes, meaning it will now move onto the Chamber of
- The budget must be passed by year-end to come into force. As part of the
Senate's process, the gov't reduced the size of several additional taxes
included in the original October draft, but maintains the 2.2% of GDP budget
- In effort to speed up the process the gov't can call a confidence vote on a
piece of legislation, and this is likely to occur in case of the budget with 22
Dec mooted as potential date.
- The advantage for the gov't is that a confidence vote on budget shortens
debate time and time for voting on amendments. The risk is that if the vote goes
against the gov't, it is obliged to resign. 
- Gov't holds relatively robust majority of 349 of 630 seats in Chamber, so even
with dissent, budget should pass. 

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