FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Phillip Hayes
April 26, 2012 202-507-8303
WASHINGTON—In response to the Senate Agriculture Committee’s approval today of the 2012 Farm Bill, the American Sugar Alliance released the following statement:
“The Senate Agriculture Committee should be commended for its hard work and dedication in producing a bipartisan bill that will ensure that one of America’s most important industries—agriculture—can thrive.
“Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-KS) deserve particular praise. Producing a bill that saves taxpayers money with support on both sides of the aisle is no small feat given today’s political and budget climate. While we know that much work remains to pass a final bill, we are encouraged that today’s markup keeps the process moving forward.
“The Committee overwhelmingly agreed that America’s popular no-cost sugar policy should be continued. This is great news for the 142,000 Americans employed by sugar; great news for the country’s food security; and great news for taxpayers who will continue to receive an ample and affordable sugar supply without government cost.
“We urge the full Senate to pass a new Farm Bill and also encourage the House to move a bill in a timely manner so that a new Farm Bill can be in place before the 2013 crop year. We are eager to work with lawmakers to ensure that the final bill includes a strong, no-cost sugar policy and doesn’t leave America dependent on foreign suppliers for such an important ingredient.”
For more information about the American Sugar Alliance and U.S. sugar policy, visit www.sugaralliance.org