Washington, D.C. – United States
Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) are renewing their
bipartisan effort along with Representatives Virginia Foxx (N.C.-05) and Danny
Davis (Ill.-07) to rein in America's flawed sugar price support program.
Yesterday, the bicameral group of lawmakers reintroduced the Fair Sugar
Policy Act of 2021 to reform the federal sugar support program, which
currently has cost consumers and businesses as much as $4 billion per year.
current sugar program is a sour deal for American consumers and taxpayers. It
is long past time we reform this corporate welfare program that jacks up food
prices while threatening thousands of good-paying jobs," said Senator
Toomey. "I hope my colleagues will join us in supporting this
bipartisan bill to rein in this labyrinth of price control mechanisms that only
serve to enrich a handful of wealthy sugar producers.”
glad to once again partner with Senator Toomey to spearhead this bipartisan
legislation that would make long overdue reform to our sugar program that for
too long has penalized consumers and jeopardized American jobs,” said
Senator Shaheen. “Our bipartisan, bicameral legislation would make key
reforms to the federal sugar program that would alleviate burdensome
restrictions so American businesses can expand and thrive. Our bill has historically
garnered broad bipartisan support, which speaks to both how necessary and
reasonable our proposals in this legislation are to help workers in New
Hampshire and throughout the nation.”
current U.S. sugar policy has kept the cost high for our Chicago-land area
candy manufacturers and food processors. Our food processors that use sugar as
an ingredient in their products pay twice as much for domestic sugar than the
rest of the world. Chicago has lost thousands of jobs due to the protection programs
which set artificially high prices, and profits, for sugar growers. We need
sugar reform so that food companies are not forced to make difficult choices
that impact thousands of jobs," said Representative Davis.
outdated sugar program has prevented American food manufacturers from
reinvesting in their business and hindered their ability to compete on a global
scale. We are encouraged by this meaningful step to enact commonsense
legislation that levels the playing field and modernizes this program to meet
the needs of the entire supply chain,” said John Downs, president & CEO
of the National Confectioners Association and co-chair of the Alliance for Fair
the Fair Sugar Policy Act of 2021 would:
restrictions on the domestic supply of refined sugar.
taxpayer liability for sugar processor loan forfeitures.
that the impact on consumers, manufacturers and farmers is taken into account
when the USDA administers the sugar program.
market distortions caused by sugar import quotas.
text of the legislation is available here
the Senate, the legislation is also cosponsored by Senators Blackburn
(R-Tenn.), Casey (D-Pa.), Collins (R-Maine), Coons (D-Del.), Durbin (D-Ill.),
Hassan (D-N.H.), Johnson (R-Wis.), Kaine (D-Va.), Markey (D-Mass.), Menendez
(D-N.J.), Portman (R-Ohio), Warner (D-V.A.), Warren (D-Mass.) and Young