On Wednesday, January 31, President Andrzej Duda signed the budget law for 2024 and at the same time submitted it to the Constitutional Tribunal. We checked how this move was reacted to on Twitter (X).
The Chancellery of the President announced that President Andrzej Duda decided to sign the Budget Act for 2024, as well as the Act of January 16, 2024 on special solutions for the implementation of the Budget Act for 2024, and the Act of January 16, 2024. amending the Act – Provisions introducing the Act – Law on Higher Education and Science and the Act – Law on Higher Education and Science.
At the same time, the president decided to refer the above-mentioned acts, under the procedure of post-control, to the Constitutional Tribunal to examine their compliance with the Constitution.
– Due to doubts related to the correctness of the procedure for adopting the above-mentioned acts, i.e. the inability of MPs Mariusz Kamiński and Maciej Wąsik to participate in the work of the Sejm on these acts, the President decided to refer the above acts, in the mode of post-control, to the Constitutional Tribunal to examine their compliance with the Constitution – informs the Chancellery of the President in a press release.
Comments after the president’s decision regarding the 2024 budget.
“The budget was signed and that was it. The rest doesn’t matter. The money will go to people, nothing will stop it,” said Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Wednesday’s decision. “The budget for 2024 has been signed. Andrzej Duda, I see, wants to eat his cake and have it too. The president’s gambits have no significance,” echoed Robert Biedroń from the Left.
Publicist Przemysław Szubartowicz attached much more importance to the president’s decision and words. “Although Kamiński and Wąsik are not MPs under Polish law, the theoretical guardian of the constitution prefers to mislead citizens and promote his questionable interpretation. Instead of toning down public sentiment, he pours gasoline on the fire. “My colleagues are happy, but the country is in shambles,” he wrote.
“In December 2016, PiS MPs illegally prevented one hundred or several dozen opposition MPs from participating in the vote on the budget in the Column Hall. President Duda really liked the budget then,” commented Jan Grabiec from PO, referring to the issue of Kamiński and Wąsik.
Sławomir Nitras returned to the same events. “In 2016, over 200 MPs were unable to participate in the sessions of the ‘column Sejm’. None of us was convicted or lost our mandate. There are many indications that the required quorum was not present at that time. And President Duda was blind. Another 15 months and this farce will end,” he wrote on the X platform.
“Let him send it to the Przyłębska Tribunal. The budget applies anyway. And the judgments of the Constitutional Tribunal of Przyłębska are not,” pointed out Ryszard Petru from Poland 2050. “Andrzej Duda continues to confuse the government,” said journalist Bartosz T. Wieliński. Columnist Mariusz Staniszewski said that “the president did not allow himself to be provoked” and “did not provide PO with fuel” for future election campaigns.
“President Andrzej Duda signed the budget bill, then sent it to the Constitutional Tribunal and announced the continuation of this line with respect to all bills without Kamiński and Wąsik in the Sejm. It’s OK, but conservative – for PAD it’s a classic – and there’s a catch: the Constitutional Tribunal may not have time to consider anything,” noted right-wing journalist Wojciech Sumliński. “So Andrzej Duda returned a grenade with the inscription »early elections« in Kaczyński’s hands. He’s a cool commander of the armed forces” – Rafał Madajczak ironized.