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Farm Bill & PAYGO: Ryan Motion to Instruct Q&A

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Washington, May 5, 2008 | comments
Reports indicate that Farm Bill conferees intend to use an outdated 2007 baseline to score the Farm Bill Conference Report for the purposes of the House pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rule. The Ryan Motion to Instruct would require conferees to instead use the current 2008 baseline to determine whether the bill complies with PAYGO.

Question: Does PAYGO give the House a choice of which baseline to use?

Answer: No. PAYGO is explicit. The House is required to use the 2008 baseline to score the Farm Bill Conference Report and all other bills it considers this year. If the House uses the 2007 baseline, it will be in clear violation of PAYGO.

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