TAXPAYER WATCHDOG GROUP TESTIFIES AGAINST SUGAR SUBSIDIES IN SENATE HEARING | Citizens Against Government Waste

TAXPAYER WATCHDOG GROUP TESTIFIES AGAINST SUGAR SUBSIDIES IN SENATE HEARING

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For Daybook/Calendar of EventsContact:  Jim Campi or Aaron Taylor

July 25, 2000

(202) 467-5300

 

(Washington, D.C.) – John Frydenlund, Director of the Center for International Food and Agriculture Policy at the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), will testify Wednesday on federal sugar subsides before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.  The hearing will take place at 8:30 AM in 216 Hart Senate Office Building.  Following are excerpts from Mr. Frydenlund's prepared testimony:

"For years, the sugar lobby has successfully deceived the public into believing that the sugar program has no cost.  However, the truth has finally come out.  The Clinton Administration’s decision to purchase sugar to prop up domestic sugar prices finally debunks the greatest myth that producers have perpetrated on the U.S. public – that the sugar program does not cost taxpayers anything.

"The Clinton Administration’s mid-session budget review shows that from 2000 through 2005, the sugar program will cost taxpayers ¾ not consumers, taxpayers ¾ a cumulative $1 billion.  The White House agreed in May to purchase 132,000 tons of sugar, which will cost taxpayers approximately $54 million.  However, this is only the beginning.  The Clinton Administration acknowledged that this purchase would not help strengthen sugar prices.

"Even before this year’s fiasco, the General Accounting Office (GAO) found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) raised sugar costs for users and consumers $400 million higher than would have been necessary to hold sugar prices at the artificially high levels required by law.  In other words, USDA has added another $400 million to the consumer tax for sugar."

CCAGW is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in government.

 

 

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