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Maslyn Highlights Expectations of Deficit Super Committee

Washington--In an interview Friday with Delta Farm Press, Mark Maslyn, executive director of public policy with the American Farm Bureau Federation, discussed expectations regarding the work of the 12-member congressional “super committee” that will find ways to reduce the budget deficit by $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion by 2021.

Maslyn said he expects the House and Senate Agriculture committees will develop a list of savings to agriculture spending that the two bodies will forward to the super committee. He said he expects the recommendations to be specific.

“The super committee isn’t giving—or hasn’t yet given, anyway—the Agriculture committees a target to reach,” Maslyn told the publication. “There may be some informal discussions going on. But they haven’t told the committees ‘you’ve got to come up with $10 billion or $15 billion (in cuts).’

“Absent that number, I think what will happen is the Agriculture committees will determine what they see is a reasonable offer. There’s probably a lot of back-and-forth, right now, to try and determine what the parameters are going to be.”

Delta Farm Press article

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