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13-S345 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 House of Representatives bill H.R.693

    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)

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Democrats participating in 13-S345

Chris Coons s1oDE Democratic Jr SenatorMar 18, 2013
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 14, 2013
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 14, 2013
Tim Kaine s1oVA Democratic ChallengerMay 13, 2013
Frank Lautenberg s1oNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Feb 14, 2013
Jeanne Shaheen s2pNH Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 14, 2013
Mark Warner s1oVA Democratic Sr Senator; previously GovernorApr 23, 2013

Republicans participating in 13-S345

Lamar Alexander s1oTN Republican Sr SenatorFeb 14, 2013
Kelly Ayotte s1oNH Republican Jr SenatorFeb 14, 2013
Daniel Coats s1oIN Republican Jr Senator (Retiring 2016)Feb 28, 2013
Tom Coburn s1oOK Republican Jr Senator; previously RepresentativeApr 18, 2013
Bob Corker s1oTN Republican Jr SenatorFeb 14, 2013
Dean Heller s1oNevada Republican (Resigned 2011)May 13, 2013
Ron Johnson s1oWI Republican Sr SenatorMay 6, 2013
Mark Kirk s1oIL Republican Jr SenatorFeb 14, 2013
John McCain s1oAZ Republican Sr SenatorFeb 28, 2013
Rob Portman s1oOH Republican Jr SenatorFeb 14, 2013
Pat Toomey s1oPA Republican Jr SenatorFeb 14, 2013

Independents participating in 13-S345

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 7
Republicans: 11
Independents: 0

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