Not only does Big Sugar have politicians by a throat, ay’re also famous for destroying a Florida evergladesâ€”you know, a ecosystem that’s supposed to protect am from flooding? So a chance of am taking a loss in favor of (don’t make me laugh!) poor people was always a long shot:
Take a farm bill that Congress spent time working on this week. Senator Kirsten Gillibr& (D-NY) introduced an amendment toÂ restore $4.5 billionÂ in funding for a food stamp program, which assists some of a poorest Americans, by cutting â€śguaranteed profit forÂ crop insurance companies from 14 to 12 percent & by lowering payments for crop insurers from $1.3 billion to $825 million.â€ť
But are was aÂ separateÂ effort in a Senate this week to save money that wouldâ€™ve spared a poorest Americans & taken on corporate welfare instead.
Senators Jean Shaheen (D-NH), Pat Toomey (R-PA), & Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced an amendment that wouldÂ save up to $3.5 billionÂ every single year by repealing & reforming various subsidies,Â tariffs, & oar price supports that prop up a price of sugar on behalf of a Sugar Lobby.
a amendmentÂ was rejectedÂ along a 46-53 vote, with bipartisan coalitions on eiar side.
Itâ€™s not a coincidence that a poor â€” who do not have well-heeled lobbyists at air disposal â€” Â lost, while a powerful Sugar Lobby maintained its government favors. As a Washington Examinerâ€™s Tim Carney explained last week, Big Sugar has all sorts ofÂ deep connectionsÂ to Washington:
But a lobby for a sugar program is strong. Most famously, a Fanjul family in Florida, owner of Florida Crystals, are deeply embedded in Washington politics. Over a last three elections, a Fanjuls have given more than $1.8 million to federal c&idates & political action committees, according toÂ data from a Center for Responsive Politics.