Small Business Advocate to U.S. House: Modernizing Sugar Program a Key Ingredient for Fairness

By at 17 May, 2018, 11:32 am

U.S. House Set to Vote Today on Bipartisan Foxx-Davis Amendment to Reform Outdated and Unfair U.S. Sugar Program

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House is currently debating the 2018 Farm Bill, and an important amendment is expected to be voted on today to modernize the 80-year old U.S. sugar program –  the only commodity program untouched by reform.  The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is urging every member of the U.S. House to vote for the amendment, as this grossly outdated program benefits big special interests at the expense of small businesses and food entrepreneurs who are forced to pay twice as much for sugar as the rest of the world.

In a KEY VOTE letter to all members of the U.S. House, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan wrote:

“As you well know, small business growth and survival depends upon a healthy marketplace and being able to effectively control and manage costs. Due to the convoluted and outdated U.S. sugar program, small businesses and food manufacturers are forced to pay twice as much for sugar as the rest of the world. Federal programs should not undermine small businesses and their ability to compete. The harmful U.S. sugar program does just that and must be fixed.  

The program is rigged to benefit mega-processors at the expense of small businesses and their employees. It’s time to move the program into the modern world. It’s time to reform this 80-year old protectionist give-a-way to big special interests. The Foxx-Davis amendment makes modest reforms and provides fairness.”

SBE Council is a member of the Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy and is working with its members, small business groups from various industries, and allied taxpayer groups to advance sugar program reform this year.

Related content:

Kerrigan in Real Clear Policy: Sugar Subsidies are Killing Small Business, April 30, 2018.


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