Brazil’s cabinet minister in charge of political affairs said on Wednesday that the government believes recent amendments to a pension reform bill will result in 314 members of the lower house voting in favor of it, five more than required to pass it.

FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s Minister of the Government Secretariat Carlos Marun speaks during a news conference in Brasilia, Brazil, January 30, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Carlos Marun told reporters that the measure should be voted on this month and head to the Senate, where he forecast a vote in March. The government is pressing hard to trim social security to rein in surging public debt.