Farm bill talks resumed Friday amid increased optimism that a deal can be reached soon, based on encouraging new cost estimates back from the Congressional Budget Office. “We’re on track to get this done,” Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) told Politico.
The CBO numbers, which had been delayed for several days, were viewed as one of the biggest potential roadblocks to resolving the commodity title. The generally upbeat tone—as reflected by Peterson and others familiar with the talks—was an important sign after so many setbacks.
Although the House is in recess, Peterson and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) are expected to come back for at least one day this week in hopes of completing a framework that can be put in legislative language over the holidays.