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Brazilian lawmakers look to raise salaries despite crisis

  • Brazil's acting President Michel Temer, left, greets the new president of state oil company Petrobras, Pedro Parente, as the new president of the Bank of Brazil, Paulo Rogerio Caffarelli, center, looks on during their inauguration ceremony at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's acting President Michel Temer, left, greets the new president of state oil company Petrobras, Pedro Parente, as the new president of the Bank of Brazil, Paulo Rogerio Caffarelli, center, looks on during their inauguration ceremony at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • A demonstrator of the Homeless Workers Movement shouts at a police officer that they to stop firing tear gas during a protest, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The movement organized the protest against acting President Michel Temer and in support of suspended President Dilma Rousseff.  (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    A demonstrator of the Homeless Workers Movement shouts at a police officer that they to stop firing tear gas during a protest, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The movement organized the protest against acting President Michel Temer and in support of suspended President Dilma Rousseff. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators occupy the entrance of administrative offices used by Brazil's presidency to protest acting President Michel Temer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The Homeless Workers Movement organized the demonstration against Temer to show support for suspended President Dilma Rousseff.  (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Demonstrators occupy the entrance of administrative offices used by Brazil's presidency to protest acting President Michel Temer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The Homeless Workers Movement organized the demonstration against Temer to show support for suspended President Dilma Rousseff. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

Members of Brazil's Congress are moving toward raising their own salaries and those of the nation's highest court.

The push comes a week after interim President Michel Temer estimated Brazil's fiscal deficit in 2016 at about $47 billion. In recent weeks, his administration has suggested there will be cuts in investment in health care, education and social programs.

Latin America's most populous nation is facing its worst economic crisis since the 1930s.

The lower Chamber of Deputies voted late Thursday to approve raises that range from 16 to 41 percent. It now goes to the Senate, where it's expected to pass.

Suspended President Dilma Rousseff, who has an impeachment trial pending in the Senate, vetoed a similar bill last year.