Today, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., led the successful effort against the Toomey-Shaheen amendment to the Farm Bill that would have devastated Louisiana's sugarcane growers and the domestic sugar industry. With the defeat of the amendment, the Senate Farm Bill will now continue the strong, no-cost U.S. sugar policy that supports 142,000 jobs and nearly $20 billion in economic activity a year across the nation. Sen. Landrieu took to the floor before and after the vote in support of this important policy.
"Defeating this amendment was very important for the people of Louisiana and our sugarcane growers. Current sugar policy supports 27,000 jobs and $3.5 billion in economic activity each year for our state, and at no-cost to the taxpayer. This policy works for the country and strikes a good balance of encouraging domestic production, and keeping prices stable and affordable for the consumer. I am glad this amendment was defeated and I will continue to stand with our sugar industry against similar efforts in the future," Sen. Landrieu said.
Throughout her career Sen. Landrieu has been an ardent supporter of the sugar industry and will continue to fight for strong policies to help this sector thrive for years to come.