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Brazil government Senate whip sees tax reform delayed until 2020

BRASILIA, Sept 12 (Reuters) - The Brazilian government's leader in the Senate said on Thursday that he cannot see tax reform clearing Congress before the first half of next year, due to delays in the Economy Ministry presenting its proposals and differences between the two chambers.

Senator Fernando Bezerra told Reuters that a bill overhauling Brazil's social security and pension system, already approved by the lower house, has the support of at least 56 of the 81 senators and will be approved on Sept. 24, with a second vote by mid-October.

(Reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello and Anthony Boadle, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)