WASHINGTON—The American Sugar Alliance issued the following statement about yesterday’s overwhelming vote to approve S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act.
“We commend Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS) for passing a bipartisan Farm Bill at a time when political bickering has become the norm. The fiscally responsible bill that emerged contains a strong sugar policy, and on behalf of the 142,000 Americans employed by the sugar-producing sector, we’d like to say, ‘Thank you.’
“Lobbyists for multinational food manufacturers mounted an aggressive attack on America’s sugar farmers during this bill’s consideration, but they were rebuffed yet again. We applaud the tireless work of the members of the Senate Sweetener Caucus to turn back these anti-sugar efforts.
“The amendment proposed by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Patrick Toomey (R-PA) was designed to increase large food makers’ already sizeable profits at agriculture’s expense. By beating it back, the Senate said no to outsourcing America’s sugar needs; it said no to killing U.S. sugar jobs; and it said no to eviscerating a successful policy that has operated without taxpayer cost for the past decade.
“Sugar producers will now turn their attention to the House of Representatives to ensure a Farm Bill containing a strong sugar policy becomes law as quickly as possible. Sugar surpluses have reached record highs, prices are severely depressed, and a strong sugar policy is needed to help U.S. farmers weather the storm.”
For more information about the American Sugar Alliance and U.S. sugar policy, visit www.sugaralliance.org