Scoring awaited from Congressional Budget Office
As expected, farm bill negotiators finally reached an agreement “in principle” and are now waiting for final scoring estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), according to Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.).
Several CBO analysts are busy today meeting with selected industry analysts to review the crop supply and demand situation for 2019 and later years.
“This could change. We don’t have the scores yet,” Roberts (R-Kan.) said. “It’s premature to say we have a complete agreement.” As for when those estimates may come from CBO, Roberts told reporters, “Sooner is better. I’m going to be talking to leadership to see if we can light a fire.”
Roberts revealed he expected the farm bill to be considered as a standalone bill rather being attached to spending legislation Congress must pass; stopgap spending expires for seven agencies at the end of Dec. 7.
Roberts said Senate leaders have resolved House farm bill forestry provisions that threatened to derail efforts to produce a farm bill conference report. Roberts said details will not be released on the decision until there is consensus on the final report.
Note: This article may be updated pending additional information.