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Still no ag letter to the super committee

The staffs of the House and Senate agriculture committees are still finalizing a letter on farm program cuts and a new farm bill that the four leaders of those committees plan to send to the super committee in charge of deficit reduction, a knowledgeable Capitol Hill source told The Hagstrom Report early today.

“Sometime today is the hope,” the source said.

Friday was the deadline by which authorizing committees were supposed to send guidance to the super committee.

Earlier, sources said the letter would tell the super committee that the four principals on the agriculture committees — Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Senate Agriculture ranking member Pat Roberts, R-Kans., House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn. — would agree to $23 billion in cuts in exchange for writing a large portion of a new five-year farm bill within the super committee process.

Although the ag leaders missed the Friday deadline, it was not a total surprise. Peterson said last week that he thought the letter would not be completed until today.