Congress debates bill that would allow Brazil to miss this year's primary budget surplus

The Brazilian Congress is debating a bill that would allow the government to miss this year's primary budget surplus.

A vote had been expected Tuesday night, but was suspended after protesters, members of Congress and security guards clashed and disrupted the session. Debate continued Wednesday.

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The primary surplus was set at 1.9 percent of gross domestic product, meaning the government would need to report $38.5 billion over expenditure before debt payments.

Financial markets monitor this indicator to determine a country's ability to repay loans.

The proposed bill would allow the government to abandon the surplus goal altogether after Brazil accumulated a deficit of nearly $6 billion during the first nine months of the year.