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13-H0693 on Feb 14, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Sugar Reform Act
Source: S.345/ H.R.693
Congressional Summary:Sugar Reform Act:
  • Requires that sugar allotments be appropriate to maintain adequate supplies at reasonable prices, taking into account all domestic supply sources, including imports.
  • Revises sugar tariff-rate quota adjustment provisions so that the ratio of sugar stocks to total sugar use at the end of the quota year will be approximately 15.5%
  • Extends flexible marketing sugar allotment authority through crop year 2017
  • Repeals the feedstock flexibility program for bioenergy producers.

Proponent's argument for bill:(Senators' opinions reported on politico.com) "We subsidize a handful of wealthy sugar growers at the expense of everybody in America," said Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.), whose home state boasts the chocolate giant, Hershey's. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), warned her colleagues against unraveling the commodity coalition behind the farm bill: "We forget that this is much bigger than a sugar program. It's much bigger than any one single commodity. When you single out one commodity, you threaten the effectiveness of the overall farm bill."

Opponent's argument against bill:(Food and Business News, May 2013): Users claim the sugar program nearly doubles the price of sugar to US consumers and has resulted in lost jobs as some candy manufacturers have moved operations to other countries. Producers claim the program has resulted in more stable sugar supplies, provides a safety net for growers and that world prices are often lower because of subsidies in origin countries, which would put US growers at a disadvantage should import restrictions be lifted. Producers also note that US sugar prices have declined more than 50% from late 2011 highs. They also maintain that jobs have been lost or moved out of the US for reasons other than sugar prices, mainly labor and health care costs, noting that candy makers' profits have been strong in recent years.

Also see the related Senate bill S.345

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 13. Question 13: Support & expand free trade Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Free Trade
  • Headline: Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Maintain sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices (Score: -2)

  • Key for participation codes:
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 13-H0693

Rob Andrews s1oNew Jersey Democrat (resigned 2014)Feb 28, 2013
Joyce Beatty s1oOhio DemocratJun 17, 2013
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon DemocratFeb 14, 2013
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania DemocratFeb 14, 2013
Matt Cartwright s1oPennsylvania DemocratMay 17, 2013
John Conyers s1oMichigan DemocratMar 25, 2013
Jim Cooper s1oTennessee DemocratApr 23, 2013
Danny Davis s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 14, 2013
Mike Doyle s1oPennsylvania DemocratFeb 25, 2013
Bill Foster s1oIllinois DemocratMar 4, 2013
John Garamendi s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 16, 2013
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois DemocratJun 11, 2013
Denny Heck s1oWashington DemocratJun 14, 2013
Robin Kelly s1oIllinois DemocratJun 13, 2013
Derek Kilmer s1oWashington DemocratMay 6, 2013
Ron Kind s1oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012)May 21, 2013
Annie Kuster s1oNew Hampshire DemocratMay 14, 2013
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia DemocratJun 17, 2013
Dan Lipinski s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 14, 2013
Gregory Meeks s1oNew York Dem./Working-FamiliesJun 18, 2013
James Moran s1oVirginia Democrat (retiring 2014)Feb 14, 2013
Frank Pallone s1oNew Jersey DemocratJun 13, 2013
Bill Pascrell s1oNew Jersey DemocratFeb 14, 2013
Mike Quigley s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 14, 2013
Bobby Rush s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 14, 2013
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois DemocratJun 25, 2013
Brad Schneider s1oIllinois DemocratApr 12, 2013
Allyson Schwartz s1oPA Democratic ChallengerJun 11, 2013
Carol Shea-Porter s1oNew Hampshire DemocratFeb 14, 2013
David Adam Smith s1oWashington DemocratMay 16, 2013
Jackie Speier s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 14, 2013
Eric Swalwell s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 15, 2013
Dina Titus s1oNevada DemocratJun 12, 2013
Peter Visclosky s1oIndiana DemocratMar 4, 2013

Republicans participating in 13-H0693

Mark Amodei s1oNevada RepublicanMar 13, 2013
Lou Barletta s1oPennsylvania RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Andy Barr s1oKentucky RepublicanApr 25, 2013
Diane Black s1oTennessee RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Marsha Blackburn s1oTennessee RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Kevin Brady s1oTexas RepublicanJun 26, 2013
Susan Brooks s1oIndiana RepublicanMay 21, 2013
Paul Broun s1oGA Republican ChallengerJun 14, 2013
Larry Bucshon s1oIndiana RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
John Campbell s1oCalifornia Republican (retiring 2014)May 7, 2013
Steve Chabot s1oOhio RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Doug Collins s1oGeorgia RepublicanApr 23, 2013
Charles Dent s1oPennsylvania RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Scott DesJarlais s1oTennessee RepublicanMar 19, 2013
Jimmy Duncan s1oTennessee RepublicanApr 17, 2013
Mike Fitzpatrick s1oPennsylvania Republican (retiring 2016)Feb 14, 2013
Chuck Fleischmann s1oTennessee RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Randy Forbes s1oVirginia RepublicanApr 26, 2013
Virginia Foxx s1oNorth Carolina RepublicanMay 17, 2013
Rodney Frelinghuysen s1oNew Jersey RepublicanMay 6, 2013
Scott Garrett s1oNew Jersey RepublicanMar 21, 2013
Jim Gerlach s1oPennsylvania Republican (retiring 2014)Feb 14, 2013
Louie Gohmert s1oTexas RepublicanJun 14, 2013
Bob Goodlatte s1oVirginia RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Richard Hanna s1oNew York RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Andy Harris s1oMaryland RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Joe Heck s1oNevada RepublicanFeb 25, 2013
Jeb Hensarling s1oTexas RepublicanMar 18, 2013
Bill Johnson s1oOhio RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Dave Joyce s1oOhio RepublicanJun 14, 2013
Mike Kelly s1oPennsylvania RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Leonard Lance s1oNew Jersey RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Bob Latta s1oOhio RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Frank LoBiondo s1oNew Jersey RepublicanFeb 25, 2013
Tom Marino s1oPennsylvania RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Thomas Massie s1oKentucky RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Tom McClintock s1oCA03 Former Republican Challenger (2003)Feb 25, 2013
Mark Meadows s1oNorth Carolina RepublicanJun 11, 2013
Patrick Meehan s1oPennsylvania RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Mick Mulvaney s1oSouth Carolina RepublicanJun 14, 2013
Tim Murphy s1oPennsylvania RepublicanFeb 15, 2013
Scott Perry s1oPennsylvania RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Tom Petri s1oWisconsin RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Joseph Pitts s2pPennsylvania RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Jim Renacci s1oOhio RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
Phil Roe s1oTennessee RepublicanApr 24, 2013
Keith Rothfus s1oPennsylvania RepublicanFeb 14, 2013
David Schweikert s1oArizona RepublicanMay 6, 2013
James Sensenbrenner s1oWisconsin RepublicanFeb 27, 2013
Bill Shuster s1oPenn