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Letter: Sen. Wyden in the pocket of Big Sugar

Published on January 11, 2018 5:19PM

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is in the pocket of the nation’s beet and cane sugar cartels. Wyden continually votes to maintain the U.S. sugar program. Why? It is really quite simple: Sen. Wyden received well over $72,000 in political donations from the sugar cartels since coming to Washington in 1981.

Thanks to Sen. Wyden and others, the U.S. sugar program continues. The sugar program is a Soviet-style command and control scheme that restricts planting and imports. This inflates the price of sugar in the United States to almost double the world price. So, when you go to the store to buy a snack cake or anything sweetened, you pay more. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the program means Americans pay $3.5 billion every year in increased grocery costs, which breaks down to upwards of $50 per family.

In Sen. Wyden’s 36 years in office, he repeatedly voted against sugar reform, costing each Oregon family an additional $1,800 for groceries. You have to ask yourself, is my senator really fighting to make life better, or is he just another politician in it for the campaign contributions? It’s time for Senator Wyden to step up and end this costly government giveaway to the cartels.

The Independent Bakers’ Association is an international trade association that fights to protect the interests of mostly family-owned wholesale bakers and allied trades.

Nicholas A. Pyle, president

Independent Bakers’ Association

Washington, D.C.


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