Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
September 3, 2015

Sweet-Toothed Senators Push Back on Sugar Supports

(Office of Sen. Mark S. Kirk)

(Courtesy Office of Sen. Mark S. Kirk)

The Senate’s candy desk sits  in the back row of the Republican side of the chamber, and it is filled with all sorts of sugary confections from Illinois, the home state of its occupant, Republican Mark S. Kirk.

Kirk’s office says that more than 3,000 people work in the candy business in Illinois.

Kirk is one of three senators leading a push to reduce price-support levels for sugar. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., and Kirk will reintroduce their sugar program overhaul as an amendment to this year’s farm bill after it reaches the Senate floor Monday afternoon.

“The sugar program is broken and this is a smart, commonsense fix.  Right now, American families are footing the bill for an outdated program that offers a sweet deal to a small group of sugar growers and processors. All the while, we’re losing manufacturing jobs all over the country as a result,” Shaheen said in a statement.

Our colleague Kent Cooper at Political MoneyLine last week pointed to  $567,500 in contributions so far in 2013 to federal candidates and committees by American Crystal Sugar Company PAC. Cooper also noted $1,004,117 in federal lobbying expenditures by the PAC.

Last year, the Senate rejected, 46-53, an amendment that Toomey offered to roll back increases in sugar price supports set under the 2008 farm bill. Supporters of the sugar policy have said it has a negligible effect on the federal budget, but senators backing the amendment point to a $14 billion price tag for consumers.

Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said during last year’s debate that the Toomey amendment threatened 142,000 jobs in the sugar industry.

Comments (44)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  1. Anonymous

    June 27, 2015
    6:10 a.m.

    Does your site have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  2. Anonymous

    July 4, 2015
    5:21 a.m.

    You have brought up a very superb details, thanks for the post.

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  3. Anonymous

    July 6, 2015
    6:36 p.m.

    I got what you mean , appreciate it for posting.Woh I am pleased to find this website through google.

    http://topcheapinsurance.com/homeowners-insurance.html

  4. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    10:23 a.m.

    of course like your web-site but you have to check the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very troublesome to tell the truth nevertheless I will definitely come back again.

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  5. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    4:51 p.m.

    Thank you, I have recently been looking for information about this subject for ages and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered till now. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure about the source?

  6. Anonymous

    July 9, 2015
    8:52 a.m.

    We stumbled over here from a different web page and thought I might as well check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to exploring your web page again.

    https://bitly.com/u/infoasistencia

  7. Anonymous

    July 11, 2015
    10:52 a.m.

    Very interesting info !Perfect just what I was looking for!

    https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/44670877-thos-paaske

  8. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    12:54 p.m.

    Wow! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a entirely different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Great choice of colors!

    http://homeownersinsurancem.com/amica-car-and-home-insurance.html

  9. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    3:27 p.m.

    hi!,I like your writing very much! share we communicate more about your article on AOL? I need an expert on this area to solve my problem. May be that’s you! Looking forward to see you.

    http://homeownersinsurancem.com/amica-car-and-home-insurance.html

  10. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    5:42 p.m.

    Some genuinely wonderful posts on this site, thankyou for contribution.

    http://www.wat.tv/video/salon-massage-naturiste-massage-79q5z_79q5x_.html

  11. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    7:46 p.m.

    You have mentioned very interesting points! ps decent internet site.

    http://www.wat.tv/video/salon-massage-naturiste-massage-79q5z_79q5x_.html

  12. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    9:25 p.m.

    Hello.This post was extremely interesting, especially since I was searching for thoughts on this topic last week.

    http://www.wat.tv/video/salon-massage-naturiste-massage-79q5z_79q5x_.html

  13. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    10:40 p.m.

    You made some decent factors there. I seemed on the web for the problem and located most individuals will go together with together with your website.

    http://vimeo.com/126527913

  14. Anonymous

    July 13, 2015
    11:54 p.m.

    Some truly nice and useful info on this website, too I conceive the layout has got superb features.

    http://vimeo.com/126527913

  15. Anonymous

    July 17, 2015
    5:26 a.m.

    Hey, you used to write excellent, but the last several posts have been kinda boringK I miss your super writings. Past several posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!

    http://www.studyabroad.com/members/crayon00india/default.aspx?

  16. Anonymous

    July 17, 2015
    8:03 a.m.

    Very good written story. It will be helpful to everyone who employess it, as well as me. Keep up the good work – for sure i will check out more posts.

    http://pahma.berkeley.edu/delphi/modules/auth/profile.php?uid=166829

  17. Anonymous

    July 20, 2015
    2:11 p.m.

    An fascinating dialogue is worth comment. I feel that it’s best to write more on this matter, it might not be a taboo subject but typically individuals are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

    http://best-home-based-business-idea.com/us-navy-veterans-with-mesothelioma-compensation/

  18. Anonymous

    July 20, 2015
    7:17 p.m.

    Thank you for all of the efforts on this website. My daughter takes pleasure in setting aside time for internet research and it’s easy to see why. A number of us notice all regarding the dynamic means you make efficient things on the website and as well as cause participation from visitors on this area then our own child is now learning a lot. Have fun with the rest of the new year. You’re performing a brilliant job.

    http://quotesautoinsurance.org/auto-insurance-quotes-without-personal-information.html

  19. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    6:11 a.m.

    I¦ve been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or weblog posts on this kind of space . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this website. Reading this info So i am glad to express that I have an incredibly just right uncanny feeling I found out exactly what I needed. I so much indisputably will make certain to don¦t put out of your mind this site and give it a look on a continuing basis.

    http://split.us

  20. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    7:07 a.m.

    Utterly composed subject material, regards for entropy. “The earth was made round so we would not see too far down the road.” by Karen Blixen.

    http://bathmatehydromax-x30.weebly.com/blog/ubat-kuat-lelaki-di-farmasi

  21. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    8:55 a.m.

    I really enjoy studying on this internet site, it has good articles. “Those who complain most are most to be complained of.” by Matthew Henry.

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  22. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    5:58 p.m.

    Hi my loved one! I want to say that this article is awesome, great written and include approximately all important infos. I’d like to look more posts like this.

    http://mystery.bigmir.net/wiki/index.php?title=Home_Insurance_Cost_Of_Rebuild_Calculator

  23. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    6:06 a.m.

    Undeniably imagine that which you said. Your favourite justification seemed to be at the net the easiest factor to keep in mind of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed even as other people consider worries that they plainly don’t recognize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the entire thing with no need side-effects , people could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  24. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    3:08 p.m.

    Greetings from Los angeles! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I love the knowledge you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, great blog!

    http://www.warriorforum.com/showthread.php?t=1094532

  25. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    7:57 p.m.

  26. Anonymous

    July 31, 2015
    5:11 p.m.

    You got a very good website, Glad I observed it through yahoo.

    http://wesele-w-palacu.waw.pl

  27. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    9:34 a.m.

    Hello are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you require any html coding expertise to make your own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!

    http://www.consultdustry.com/associates-global-trade-and-international-business-development-agency/

  28. Anonymous

    Aug. 3, 2015
    10:41 a.m.

    You should take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the web. I will recommend this site!

    http://home-job-industry.com

  29. Anonymous

    Aug. 4, 2015
    5:40 p.m.

    I am impressed with this internet site, very I am a big fan .

    http://www.teenchoiceawards2015live.com/

  30. Anonymous

    Aug. 6, 2015
    3:48 a.m.

    I have been browsing online more than three hours lately, but I by no means found any interesting article like yours. It is lovely worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all web owners and bloggers made good content material as you probably did, the web will likely be a lot more useful than ever before.

    http://quotesautoinsurance.org

  31. Anonymous

    Aug. 9, 2015
    11:03 p.m.

    What i don’t understood is in truth how you’re no longer really a lot more well-liked than you may be now. You are so intelligent. You recognize therefore considerably in terms of this subject, made me individually imagine it from numerous numerous angles. Its like men and women are not fascinated except it is one thing to accomplish with Girl gaga! Your personal stuffs outstanding. All the time care for it up!

    http://brookereviews.com/product/frontline-plus-reviews-for-dogs-and-cats-6-things-you-should-know-about-this-popular-flea-and-tick-medicine/

  32. Anonymous

    Aug. 10, 2015
    2:43 a.m.

    Pretty! This was a really wonderful post. Thank you for your provided information.

    http://dnvappliance.com/ge-refrigerator-repair-orange-county

  33. Anonymous

    Aug. 10, 2015
    12:37 p.m.

    Hello.This post was extremely fascinating, particularly since I was browsing for thoughts on this subject last Thursday.

    http://www.thewalkingdeadseason6live.com/

  34. Anonymous

    Aug. 11, 2015
    1:36 p.m.

    whoah this blog is excellent i love reading your posts. Keep up the good work! You know, a lot of people are looking around for this information, you could aid them greatly.

    http://refrigerator-repair-oc.com/jennair-refrigerator-repair/

  35. Anonymous

    Aug. 19, 2015
    7:59 a.m.

    Great awesome issues here. I?¦m very satisfied to look your article. Thank you so much and i’m looking forward to touch you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  36. Anonymous

    Aug. 23, 2015
    4:44 p.m.

    This web page is mostly a walk-via for all the information you needed about this and didn’t know who to ask. Glimpse here, and also you’ll positively uncover it.

    http://www.superbowl.com.tw

  37. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    12:38 a.m.

    Wow, wonderful blog structure! How long have you been blogging for? you made running a blog look easy. The entire look of your website is excellent, as neatly as the content material!

    http://homeownersinsurancem.com/geico-insurance-quotes.html

  38. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    5:55 a.m.

    You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the topic and found most individuals will consent with your site.

    http://quotesautoinsurance.org/primerica-insurance.html

  39. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    1:01 p.m.

    I truly appreciate this post. I have been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thank you again

    http://prezentnachrzciny.blog.pl/?attachment_id=26

  40. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    8:49 p.m.

    Some genuinely nice and useful information on this internet site, as well I believe the layout contains great features.

    http://topcheapinsurance.com/travelers-home-and-auto-insurance.html

  41. Anonymous

    Aug. 26, 2015
    8:34 a.m.

    That is really attention-grabbing, You’re a very professional blogger. I have joined your feed and sit up for in the hunt for extra of your great post. Additionally, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks!

    http://quotesautoinsurance.org/pemco-insurance.html

  42. Anonymous

    Aug. 30, 2015
    12:28 a.m.

    You have remarked very interesting details! ps nice internet site. “I hate music, especially when it’s played.” by Jimmy Durante.

    http://www.premed.fudan.edu.cn/premedforum/user/profile/324683.page

  43. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    2:16 a.m.

    Some genuinely nice and utilitarian info on this internet site, also I think the style contains fantastic features.

    http://executivecondominium.info/criterion-ec-cdl/

  44. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    10:19 a.m.

    P26YBL Thanks so much for the article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...