WASHINGTON—The American Sugar Alliance issued the following statement about today’s bipartisan vote in the United States House of Representatives to reject a Farm Bill amendment offered by Reps. Joe Pitts (R-PA), Danny Davis (D-IL), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) to gut America’s sugar policy.
“Once again, legislators have turned back attempts to reward heavily subsidized foreign sugar producers and leave America more dependent on other countries for a food staple.
“This amendment would have put U.S. jobs at risk, made it harder for the USDA to operate sugar policy in a way that limits taxpayer cost, and would have done nothing to promote a free market for sugar. No wonder the U.S. House rejected such a bad policy, much like the U.S. Senate did just a few weeks earlier.
“America’s sugar producers thank Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) for their continued support. Lawmakers who helped defeat this amendment should be applauded for stopping a scheme designed to benefit only a handful of multinational food companies and heavily subsidized foreign interests.
Today’s vote was just the latest in a string of losses for sugar policy opponents, with the Senate rebuffing anti-sugar amendments three times in two years.
Moments after rejecting the anti-sugar amendment, the House voted down the larger Farm Bill, a vote the American Sugar Alliance (ASA) called very disappointing. “The men and women who grow America’s food and fiber need the certainty of a strong five-year bill, and we urge Congress to get legislation completed expeditiously,” ASA noted.
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