FarmPolicy

July 23, 2019

Washington Post: “Harvesting Cash” Series Continues- Focus on Sugar

CORRECTION: Yesterday’s FarmPolicy.com update erroneously stated that, “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a ‘Cost Estimate’ for the Senate Ag Committee’s Farm Bill. The CBO document was dated October 29, 2007, but was just posted yesterday.”

Actually, the CBO Cost Estimate cited in yesterday’s update was for the Senate Finance Committee’s “Heartland, Habitat, Harvest, and Horticulture Act of 2007,” a package dealing with agricultural tax measures that was passed on October 4. Although related to the Farm Bill, this was not the Senate Ag Committee’s Farm Bill proposal.

CBO released a Cost Estimate for the Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill, “The Food and Energy Security Act of 2007,” yesterday. This document was dated November 1.

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Dan Morgan, writing in today’s Washington Post, reported that, “When U.S. sugar farmers needed help this summer defending a $1 billion, 10-year subsidy plan in a new House farm bill, they found it in some surprising places.

“Among the 282 lawmakers siding with Midwest and Gulf Coast growers on a key vote was Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), who represents Queens and Manhattan’s East Side. The only sugar refinery in the New York area is well outside her district.

“Four days after she voted against a measure that would have derailed the new subsidy plan, Maloney hosted a fundraising event at Bullfeathers restaurant on Capitol Hill that netted $9,500 in contributions from sugar growers and refiners, according to Federal Election Commission records and Maloney’s election attorney, Andrew Tulloch. Tulloch called the timing of the July 31 fundraiser — dubbed a ‘sugar breakfast’ on the campaign finance report of one group — a ‘pure coincidence.’

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