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Representatives Kat Cammack and Dan Kildee Introduce New Resolution To Zero Out Harmful Foreign Sugar Subsidies

July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kat Cammack (R-FL-03), with Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI-05), introduced a new resolution to zero out the foreign subsidies that make sugar the world's most distorted commodity market. The resolution promotes sound, fair sugar policy that protects domestic producers against foreign abuses, eliminating America's no-cost sugar policy in exchange for the elimination of all foreign sugar subsidies.

“Time and again, the survival of American sugar producers is threatened by the unfair practices and dumping of cheap sugar subsidized by foreign countries," said Cammack.

Foreign countries including Brazil, India, Thailand, Russia, Mexico, and the European Union have subsidized artificially cheap sugar on the global market at the expense of the American sugar industry.

"American sugar farmers are the best in the world, and they want to be able to compete fairly to sell their products. Unfortunately, other countries like Brazil, Thailand and India have unfair sugar subsidies and regularly dump their surplus sugar on the world market, posing a constant threat to American family farms," said Kildee. "That’s why we need an American sugar program to support our farmers. I am proud to introduce this bipartisan resolution to combat unfair trade practices and protect American farmers."

Brazil provides direct and indirect subsidies of at least $2.5 billion/year; India provides at least $1.7 billion/year in subsidy supports for its inefficient sugar industry, Thailand has more than tripled its sugar exports since 2004 with $1.3 billion/year in subsidies and government price-fixing.

"My family has been growing sugarcane in Florida for more than 80 years, and I'm proud to be part of an industry that is dedicated to helping feed America. Our sugarcane and sugarbeet growers and workers are committed to efficient and sustainable sugar production and could compete against anyone given a level playing field. But the global sugar market is far from free or fair," said Ardis Hammock, a Florida sugarcane grower. "Congresswoman Cammack's zero-for-zero resolution recognizes that unchecked foreign sugar subsidies threaten our farmers, workers, and sugar supply. I applaud her for pushing for an end to foreign sugar subsidies and supporting American farmers and American jobs."

"Michigan’s sugar beet growers can compete with any sugar growers across the world if there’s a level playing field. Many of our competitors are unfairly subsidized by governments, making it hard to compete. Michigan Farm Bureau applauds Congressman Dan Kildee for standing with Michigan’s sugar beet growers on this important policy, and we urge Congress to move quickly on Kildee’s proposal," said Carl Bednarski, Michigan Farm Bureau President and a sugar beet grower from Michigan's Thumb.

"Free trade must also be fair trade, and we cannot abandon our own production capabilities in favor of cheap imports that destroy livelihoods and our markets—after all, food security is national security. I’m proud to introduce this resolution that will ensure a level playing field and preserve family operations," Cammack said.

Resolution co-sponsors at the time of introduction include Reps. Dan Kildee (D-MI), Michelle Fischbach (R-MN), Jim Hagedorn (R-MN), Austin Scott (R-GA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Liz Cheney (R-WY), Julia Letlow (R-LA), Garrett Graves (R-LA), and Kurt Schrader (D-OR).