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By KELIN DILLON

After more than 30 hours of debate, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) income package finally passed through Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday, Oct. 20, sending it on to the Senate for further approval.

The Chamber of Deputies passage left in place the controversial provision that reduces the amount of money individuals and companies can donate to civil society organizations (CSO) and receive tax deductions, affecting more than 5,000 nonprofits and reducing their donations by an estimated 8 billion pesos.

Likewise, the Chamber of Deputies maintained the new initiative to register all adults over the age of 18 with the Tax Administration Service (SAT). However, parties from both sides of the aisle mutually agreed to eliminate sanctions against those that do not enroll in accordance with the scheme.

All together, the income package passed through the Chamber of Deputies with 274 votes in favor and 220 against, and is now in the Senate awaiting subsequent debate on its passage.

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