HR 2 Reforming the U.S. Sugar Program to Expand Competition and Reduce Consumer Costs (Roll Call 193)
The Foxx (R-NC, ACUF Lifetime 94.2%) amendment to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (i.e., farm bill) makes modest reforms to the U.S. Sugar Program, a Depression-era policy which is designed to enrich sugar producers through subsidies and reduced foreign competition, and results in artificially high sugar prices. Specifically, the bill favors the free market by eliminating the feedstock flexibility program for bioenergy producers and reforming the administration of tariff-rate quotas and program loan rates. ACU supports free trade and free markets and opposes the U.S. Sugar Program, which harms taxpayers and consumers and places U.S. sugar processing companies at a competitive disadvantage in the global market, and supported this amendment as a step in the right direction. The House defeated the amendment on May 17, 2018 by a vote of 137-278. The final farm bill failed to include any conservative reforms and was signed into law December 20, 2018.