An administration official said Thursday that the analysis was unrealistic and that there would be virtually no cost under sugar provisions in the deal.
The CBO released its estimate as House leaders planned for a vote next week on the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
Overall, CAFTA would cost the U.S. about $4.4 billion over the next 10 years, primarily in lost tariffs, the CBO said.
Under CAFTA, those countries could ship more sugar to the United States. The CBO said the influx would push prices down and force farmers to forfeit government loans on their crops, costing taxpayers on average about $50 million annually through 2015.
CAFTA is a raw deal for America and Central America. For more information about CAFTA or to contact your Representatives to ask them to oppose CAFTA, visit AmericansForFairTrade.org.
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