Farm Bill Conferees Postpone Meeting on Tentative Agreement

Farm bill conferees have postponed a meeting on a tentative spending agreement reached Friday, according to staffers for two conference committee members. The meeting, which was scheduled for 6 p.m. today, had been postponed until tomorrow morning, with the time yet to be determined.

Staffers for conferees said the meeting was postponed due to members' conflicting travel schedules.

Principal members of the farm bill's conference committee reached a tentative agreement Friday on a spending framework for the bill--a framework they had been working on since February. Those members are expected to present that tentative agreement to the full conference committee tomorrow.

That agreement outlined $10 billion in added farm bill spending, along with some guidelines for allocation. After the full conference committee reaches an agreement on that framework, the debate will turn to more specific allocation of funds.

Friday's agreement was reached by Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Bob GoodlatteBob GoodlatteIRS head vows to finish term despite impeachment push House Republicans press case for impeaching IRS commissioner Saudis scramble for Washington allies MORE (R-Va.), as well as Sens. Max BaucusMax BaucusWyden unveils business tax proposal College endowments under scrutiny The chaotic fight for ObamaCare MORE (D-Mont.), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyTen senators ask FCC to delay box plan Overnight Cybersecurity: Guccifer plea deal raises questions in Clinton probe Could Romanian hacker ‘Guccifer’ assist FBI’s probe of Clinton? MORE (R-Iowa), and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.)--all chairmen and ranking members of committees related to the farm bill.

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