Deputies and senators do not find an agreement on the text of health vigilance

An hour and then leaves. The National Assembly and the Senate recorded their disagreement on the health vigilance bill on Tuesday, November 2, in a joint committee. Gathered in the early afternoon, seven deputies and seven senators were to agree on a common version of this eleventh state health emergency bill presented to Parliament. “The chronicle of an announced failure”, quips the deputy (Les Républicains, LR) from the Channel Philippe Gosselin.

Between the majority and the oppositions, the points of divergence were numerous and difficult to overcome as the version of the text voted in the Assembly on October 20 had considerably evolved in the Senate under the leadership of Senator LR and rapporteur for the text, Philippe Bas. At the heart of the discussions, the date of July 31, 2022 retained by the executive to give itself the possibility of resorting to the health pass and to extend the existence of the legal regime of the state of health emergency. An inconceivable date for many opposition parliamentarians, determined to demand the government to come back with a new bill before the end of the parliamentary session, on February 28, 2022. “The decision to step over the presidential and legislative elections amounts, for us parliamentarians, to consenting blindly to restrictions on freedom without knowing which majority or which president could seize it”, says Mr. Bas.

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“It amounts to relinquishing Parliament”

The presidential majority also did not want to hear about the territorialization of the health pass defended in the Senate, nor of a withdrawal of the amendment authorizing the heads of establishments to access the vaccination status of their students as part of the application. of the national education health protocol. The president of the LR group in the Senate, Bruno Retailleau, reiterated the position of his troops in favor of lifting the pass in the departments where the vaccination rate exceeded 80%, in an interviewMonday to Parisian. “We cannot get used to a permanent control company”, he pleaded.

For several weeks, the increase in Covid-19 cases, in a context of strain on the hospital system and an upsurge in viral epidemics such as bronchiolitis or the flu, has raised the executive’s fears of a more complicated winter than expected, despite a satisfactory vaccination rate. “Given the sanitary conditions, he will probably need these tools beyond February 28”, advances the president (La République en Marche, LRM) of the Law Commission, Yaël Braun-Pivet. In private, some members of the presidential majority admit wanting to spare themselves above all a legislative debate in the midst of the electoral campaign, fearing that the oppositions will instrumentalize the management of the health crisis against the President of the Republic, not yet officially a candidate, Emmanuel Macron.

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Deputies and senators do not find an agreement on the text of health vigilance