FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2013
Contact: Cory Martin
Director, Government Relations
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Momentum Building to Modernize the Sugar Program:
ABA Urges Congress to Support Sugar Reform
Washington, D.C.-The American Bakers Association (ABA) strongly urged Congress to pass the 2013 Sugar Reform Act, legislation introduced on Valentine’s Day seeking to modernize the current U.S. sugar program. “The current U.S. sugar program is a major impediment to job creation for all food manufacturers, including thousands of U.S. bakers small and large,” said Robb MacKie, ABA president and CEO. “Archaic sugar policies have driven costs up for U.S. bakers and consumers to unmanageable levels for far too long. Now is the time for Congress to support reform that will level the playing field and allow bakers and other food manufacturers to create new jobs,” added MacKie.
“The current sugar program is a net job killer”, said Cory Martin, ABA director of government relations. “According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. has lost nearly 127,000 jobs between 1997 and 2011 due to the impact of the sugar program. If job creation is a key Congressional concern, then reforming the current sugar program should be a priority as it would allow bakers a to expand and improve our ailing economy,” Martin added.
“ABA is extremely pleased with the leadership shown by Reps. Pitts, Davis, Goodlatte and Blumenauer, as well as Sens. Shaheen, Kirk, Portman, Durbin, and Toomey, along with more than 45 other congressional cosponsors, in pushing for needed reforms,” added MacKie. “We look forward to continuing to work with Congress to seek reform of the current U.S. sugar program and passage of the Sugar Reform Act.”
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