WASHINGTON, D.C. – “ABA is extremely disappointed that once again the House chose to put Big Sugar’s interests over jobs, growth, and American families,” said ABA President and CEO Robb MacKie. “Despite the disingenuous doomsday rhetoric of Chairman Conaway and others, Rep. Foxx’s (R-NC-05) and Rep. Davis’ (D-IL-07) amendment represents very modest reform to the archaic sugar program.”
“An amendment that united lawmakers from across the political spectrum and was endorsed by diverse media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times and Chicago Tribune was blocked by those desperate to protect this sweetheart deal,” added MacKie.
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Representative Foxx, Representative Davis, and all the members who voted yes for their excellent leadership on this important issue for the nearly 800,000 baking industry employees nationwide,” said ABA Director of Government Relations Mike Goscinski. “We now look to the Senate to pass a farm bill that includes this modest modernization and ensures that bakers have an adequate supply of this vital ingredient,” added Goscinski.
About the American Bakers Association:
The American Bakers Association (ABA) is the Washington D.C.-based voice of the wholesale baking industry. Since 1897, ABA has represented the interests of bakers before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory authorities. ABA advocates on behalf of more than 1,000 baking facilities and baking company suppliers. ABA members produce bread, rolls, cookies, crackers, bagels, sweet goods, tortillas and many other wholesome, nutritious, baked products for America’s families. The baking industry generates more than $153 billion in economic activity annually and employs more than 799,500 highly skilled people. Follow ABA with #AmericanBakers
Source: American Bakers Association