Race to pass budget underway

Knesset returns from summer recess with aim of passing numerous bills and reforms quickly.

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Dani Shem Tov - Knesset Spokesperson

After the summer recess, in which the Knesset plenum convened mainly for emergency discussions, mostly on the coronavirus crisis, and after the coalition passed the state budget in its first reading last month, the Knesset's winter session began today.

The Israel Hayom newspaper reported that Knesset committees will discuss dozens of laws and reforms in the Arrangements Law and the Budget Laws for the years 2021-2022, with the coalition having 30 days to pass the budget. At the center of the struggle will be the laws of regulation, kashrut and agriculture reform and other laws, which the coalition will have to pass on a very tight schedule.

The Knesset convenes each year for an eight-month session, which is divided into two assemblies - a winter assembly that begins after the summer break at the end of the High Holidays, and a summer assembly that begins after Passover. Each Knesset can have up to five sessions, with a session usually beginning at the beginning of the winter assembly and ending at the end of the summer assembly.

The inaugural session will be held tomorrow at 4:00 PM in the Knesset Plenum, in the presence of President Yitzhak Herzog and his wife, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Knesset Speaker MK Miki Levy and his wife, Supreme Court President Justice Esther Hayut, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and the leader of the opposition, MK Benjamin Netanyahu.