MOSCOW, October 12 (Itar-Tass) — United Russia will support the first reading of the federal budget 2013, deputy house speaker, leader of the United Russia faction Andrei Vorobyov told reporters on Friday.
"We'll support the 1st reading of the budget," the politician confirmed. He underlined however, that United Russia has a number of "principled demands" which will be reflected in State Duma resolutions. For example, the parliamentary majority will insist on additional funding for agriculture and support of regions. "It will be included in the document which we're preparing for approval in the first reading," Vorobyov said.
On September 28, the government submitted to the parliament the draft federal budget for 2013 and 2014-2015.
The priority of the budget is to meet social obligations to the population," Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev earlier stated.
The draft document envisions funds for raising pensions and indexing child allowances, supporting disabled persons and providing unemployment benefits," he said, adding that the government will "count every kopeck /cent/."
"Budget 2013 is drawn on the estimated GDP at 66.515 trillion roubles with the inflation rate not exceeding 5.5 percent. The oil price is expected at 97 dollars per barrel, but under the budget rule it is 91 dollars. Budget deficit will reach 521.4 billion roubles in 2013.
Earlier on Friday, house speaker Sergei Naryshkin confirmed that the house would consider the 1st reading of the draft federal budget for 2013 and 2014-2015 on October 19.
"On October, 19, we'll review the first reading of the draft budget for 2013 and the planned period for 2014-2015," Naryshkin said at the first meeting of the working group for legislative initiatives in the area of innovative policy.