CONTACT: Phillip Hayes
WASHINGTON—The American Sugar Alliance issued the following statement about today’s bipartisan vote in the United States House of Representatives to reject a resolution by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) to gut America’s sugar policy.
“It is hard to imagine any issue that has been voted on as many times as sugar policy since congressional action on this Farm Bill began. The Senate has rejected three amendments designed to gut U.S. sugar policy, and now the House has voted down two anti-sugar proposals. It is obvious that the United States Congress has spoken and that lawmakers support current sugar policy and oppose attempts to undermine our nation’s food security.
“A strong sugar policy is essential given the rapid expansion of foreign subsidies and the flood of Mexican imports, which have sent U.S. sugar prices spiraling back to the lows of the 1980s. This resolution 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.
“America’s sugar producers thank Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member CollinPeterson (D-MN) for their continued support. Lawmakers who helped defeat this resolution should be applauded for stopping a scheme designed to benefit only a handful of multinational food companies and heavily subsidized foreign interests.”
Sugar policy is identical in both the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill and should quickly pass through conference. Sugar producers urge conferees to quickly bring a strong five-year Farm Bill back to both bodies, where they hope lawmakers will quickly send the bill to the President’s desk to sign into law.
For more information about the American Sugar Alliance and U.S. sugar policy, visit www.sugaralliance.org.