Message from the Chairman

A Message from the Chairman

For years Congress has missed opportunities to reform the U.S. sugar program. Despite numerous hearings and a protracted public debate on various aspects of our nation’s agriculture policy, the sugar program is the only commodity program that has gone untouched by federal lawmakers.

Some in Congress believe that we should wait for agriculture policies in other countries around the world to change before we address this problem here at home. It’s time to stop pretending that the need to reform the U.S. sugar program is about how other countries operate their governments.

The U.S. is home to some of the highest sugar prices of any major market in the world, because of Depression-era policies preserved by large political donations by sugar producers. The sugar program forces manufacturers to pay twice as much for sugar as the rest of the world, putting American businesses at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to creating jobs.

The sugar program hurts small, family-owned businesses that are the backbone of our economy and drivers of growth. Propping up the sugar-producing industry at the expense of taxpayers, consumers and businesses is the worst form of crony capitalism. It is analogous to price fixing tied to decades of political donations, benefiting a few billionaires and Washington insiders.

It’s time for Congress to stop rubber-stamping the flawed U.S. sugar subsidy program. If not, high sugar prices and taxpayer bailouts will continue to stifle economic growth in the United States and threaten American jobs.

Join us by contacting your representatives in Congress, and asking them to protect American jobs by reforming the outdated sugar program.

Thank you for your support.

John Downs
Chairman, Coalition for Sugar Reform
President & CEO, National Confectioners Association