The United Russia faction in the State Duma will support the budget for 2021-2023, but its consideration will not be easy, the opposition has questions, said First Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Alexander Zhukov. “It is clear that the consideration will be very difficult, we already hear statements from the opposition to the budget, but I must say that United Russia (ER), which is the majority in the State Duma, actively participated in the zero reading of the budget,” Zhukov said during a press conference. He noted that even before the document was submitted to the State Duma, many things that the faction insisted on were included in the draft budget.
“I think that the largest faction of the State Duma (UR) will support the draft federal budget and guarantee its passage in the State Duma, although this does not mean that it will run so smoothly. Here we see, already on the example of the program for the development of rural areas, there are already questions, I think they will arise in all sections of the federal budget, “Zhukov said.
The first vice speaker noted that even in the existing difficult conditions, there is enough money in the budget to realize the main goals set by the president and the government program. At the same time, it is worth paying attention to the efficiency of spending, since at the end of 2019 more than 1 trillion rubles were not spent. “This is not only about the amount of funding, but about the efficiency of spending funds, this is what the work of the executive branch should be aimed at first of all. In this case, I think that we will be able to overcome all the difficulties that, of course, still await us. and by the end of this year and for the next three years and especially in 2021, “he said.
Speaking about the sources of financing the budget deficit, Zhukov recalled that most of the budget deficit will be covered through the placement of government securities. “These are, of course, the main sources of attracting funds. Yes, as a result of this, we will have a certain increase in public debt, but it is not so large, traditionally significantly less than in most developed and developing countries of the world, and such borrowing, in principle are quite acceptable, “said the first vice speaker.
Draft budget for 2021-2023 was introduced to parliament on September 30. An expanded meeting of the budget committee with the participation of the Minister of Finance, the head of the Central Bank and the Accounts Chamber is scheduled for October 15, the first reading of the budget – for October 29.