Washington — The NCA is asking its members to encourage their Congressional representatives to vote for the Pitts Sugar Reform Resolution, expected to be introduced tomorrow by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA). Online forms that will automatically send a prewritten letter to representatives are available at this link.
The resolution would restore the flexibility that the Secretary of Agriculture had prior to 2008 to manage sugar imports. The NCA says the action would balance the marketplace and reduce the high price of sugar that has led to overproduction and record forfeitures this year.
The NCA reports: “Since the Farm Bill sugar vote in July, the promised 'no net cost' sugar program has cost the taxpayers millions of dollars each week and now the government is shutdown because of a lack of funding. Throughout the past two months the federal government has spent nearly $188 million and by year’s end the cost to taxpayers is expected to reach well over $250 million.”