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US approves defense budget without proposal to investigate whether military interferes in Brazilian election

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O deputado Tom Malinowski, autor da proposta de emenda, a retirou de última hora porque temia que fosse rejeitada

Representative Tom Malinowski, author of the proposed amendment, withdrew it at the last minute because he feared it would be rejected| Photo: EFE/EPA/Ken Cedeno

The United States House of Representatives passed on Thursday night (07) the country’s annual defense budget without a proposed amendment presented by congressmen from the Democratic Party for the American government to investigate whether the Armed Forces of Brazil were interfering in the Brazilian elections, scheduled for October.

Representative Tom Malinowski of New Jersey had proposed the amendment and had the support of five other Democrats. According to information from the international press, Malinowski withdrew the proposal at the last minute because he feared it would be rejected.

The proposal called for an investigation to determine whether the Brazilian military was involved in any of these situations: interference in the counting of votes; manipulation to try to reverse the result; and participation in disinformation campaigns to question the electoral system and results through protests, social media or other means of communication.

If any of these facts were discovered, Brazil could stop receiving US military assistance and be excluded from the list of allies non-NATO.

In the budget proposal that now goes to the Senate, the United States House of Representatives approved resources of US$ 600 billion in defense for

, above US$ billion proposed by President Joe Biden.

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