In the dispute over the introduction of citizen income, the CDU has threatened to block the law in the Bundesrat, which requires approval. CDU General Secretary Mario Czaja told the "Tagesspiegel" that the plans in their current form will not be approved.
"I assume that we will have to talk about this in the mediation committee," said Czaja. Representatives of the traffic light parties called on the CDU not to block the project.
The Mediation Committee is a body of the Bundestag and Bundesrat that is intended to find a consensus if laws passed by the Bundestag do not find a majority in the state chamber.
There has been a long-standing dispute in the ongoing legislative process. It is therefore unclear whether the traffic light can push through the reform as planned. In the Bundesrat, she is dependent on votes from the camp of the Union countries. A blockade could also affect the already tight schedule.
In times of high prices and a shortage of skilled workers, opposing the citizens' income would be "a serious mistake and would harm many people and companies," warned the deputy leader of the Greens, Andreas Audretsch. "In view of inflation and high energy prices, older people, single parents or children urgently need better support from the citizen's income. This is a question of social peace in Germany." Many companies need well-trained and motivated workers. "That's exactly what citizen money is based on."
SPD calls for constructive talks
The first parliamentary director of the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Katja Mast, called for "constructive discussions" with all those involved so that the citizens' income can start as planned on January 1st. "The citizen's income is one of the biggest training offensives that this country has seen," said Mast of the "Rheinische Post" (Monday).
FDP General Secretary Bijan Djir-Sarai was irritated by the Union's threat. "The Union-led countries should live up to their responsibilities instead of relying on party politics," he also told the "Rheinische Post" (Monday). "Responsible politics of the largest opposition should look different."
Citizens' income is intended to replace the previous Hartz IV basic security. The aim of the traffic light coalition is to put those affected in a position to be able to concentrate more on further training and looking for work. They should be put under less pressure by the job center. The standard rates of basic security should increase by around 50 euros per month.
From Czaja's point of view, the previous draft sets the wrong incentives - for example through the higher asset allowance. "Those who work must have more than those who can work and don't do it," said Czaja in the "Tagesspiegel". The Union also accuses the traffic light of not encouraging the long-term unemployed to seriously look for a job.
The Federal Council had asked the traffic light government to make improvements after consultations on Friday. In some states, such as Bremen and Berlin, the aid provided for in the draft does not go far enough. The Bundestag wants to deal with the law on November 10 in the second and third reading. After that, it's up to the Federal Council again.