Madrid (EFE) this year with the leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo.
Since he assumed the leadership of the Popular Party, Feijóo, an autonomous senator for Galicia, has debated with Sánchez in another five face-to-face, three on the occasion of control sessions in which he has had the opportunity to ask the president on behalf of his group and two more for individual monographic appearances by the Chief Executive.
In this legislature, Pedro Sánchez has gone to the Upper House 18 times, 15 to answer questions from senators in full control and three for general policy appearances, according to data managed by the socialist group, according to which he already exceeds his predecessor Mariano Rajoy, who in the XII legislature attended 11 plenary sessions without any specific appearance.
Unlimited time for Sanchez
As head of the Government, this Tuesday Pedro Sánchez will have unlimited time for his initial presentation, as well as to answer the interventions of the spokesmen of the parliamentary groups who, like the leader of the PP, will respond to his speech for a maximum of 15 minutes, with five more minutes to reply.
It is not known exactly if Sánchez will attend to them individually or jointly, since the way to do it is the power of the President of the Government, although Moncloa has been insisting since Feijóo heads the PP that he is interested in these face-to-face debates in the Senate with the head of the opposition because it allows him to confront two very different models of understanding governance.
In his appearance on June 7, Pedro Sánchez only responded separately to Feijóo, which sparked criticism from the other groups, while on October 18 he also included the spokespersons for ERC-Bildu and PNV in his differentiated response.
The plenary session is convened from four in the afternoon and it is foreseeable that it will last until at least nine at night, with the idea that the debate not only addresses the measures adopted by the Executive to alleviate the effects of the war in Ukraine, but other aspects of political news.
Thus, it is highly probable that, together with the most recent macroeconomic data, such as GDP growth or the rise in inflation confirmed yesterday by the CPI, the controversy over the reform of the yes is yes law to tackle in the future the reductions in sentences for sex offenders, sending tanks to Ukraine or even the jihadist attack in Algeciras (Cádiz).
In relation to the discrepancies between the two partners of the coalition government on the advisability of reforming the yes is yes law, Unidas Podemos lacks representation in the Senate, but it will be able to jump to the fore at the request of the PP or other groups.
In addition to the socialist group, with 113 seats, and the popular group, with 103, there are six more groups in the Senate: the one shared by ERC and EH-Bildu, the PNV, the Nacionalista (JxCAT and CC), the Confederal Left, the Democratic and the Mixed, where Vox has three seats.