June 13, 2012
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., joined 49 of his Senate colleagues in defeating an effort to kill the current U.S. sugar program, which Enzi said helps beet and cane growers provide the United States with a safe, reliable and low-cost source of sugar products.
Enzi voted to save the program which he says is an example of what works in the farm bill. The defeated effort would have phased out the sugar program, currently operating at no cost to U.S. taxpayers.
“Because much of the year’s sugar is produced in such a small window, the current sugar program helps stabilize the price of sugar through the entire year. This policy benefits the very people that opponents of the sugar program wish to protect,” said Enzi. “With stability in sugar markets – confectioners, food manufacturers and beverage makers – have a steady supply of quality sugar without wild price swings. Not only are U.S. sugar prices stable under this program but the United States offers sugar users some of the lowest prices in the developed world.”
The Senate voted 50-46 to table the amendment, effectively blocking efforts to end the sugar program. The overall farm bill is still being debated in the Senate.