A demonstrator sits, wearing a Brazilian national flag, outside the state legislature during a protest against austerity measures, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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Brazil's Senate Tuesday approved a 20-year government spending freeze billed as the centerpiece of austerity reforms aimed at restoring economic health to the troubled Latin American giant.The upper house voted 53 to 16 to lock in the spending ceiling.A poll published Tuesday showed that 60 percent of Brazilians oppose the spending ceiling.When the Senate held a first vote on the measure two weeks ago, protesters fought riot police outside Congress, burning cars and smashing windows. In addition to the spending ceiling, a separate measure is being submitted to Congress proposing pension reforms.
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