WASHINGTON — House and Senate farm bill conferees are likely to agree to a two-year freeze of grain and cotton subsidies, rejecting the Administration's insistence on a one-year freeze, negotiators said Friday.
House and Senate conferees have not resolved their differences, but one congressional staff official said: "We're going to have an effective two-year freeze."
A House-Senate conference, in its second day of deliberations, met publicly in a brief session to approve agricultural research provisions worked out in closed sessions.
Conferees agreed to meet in public session again Monday. However, they decided Thursday, after a two-hour meeting yielded few results, to settle differences in private to expedite a compromise with only a week left until a Dec. 13 congressional adjournment target.