U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho’s Zero for Zero plan should be model not just for sugar policy, but all trade policy

March 23, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging members of the House of Representatives to cosponsor legislation by U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho that would end U.S. sugar subsidies and subsidies used by competitors globally:

“The Yoho Zero for Zero plan would legislatively end domestic sugar subsidies, but only after other major international sugar dumpers like Brazil, India and Thailand agree to stop subsidizing their sugar industries in a reciprocal manner. This will give President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, everything he needs in negotiating the elimination of these subsidies with major sugar exporting nations. Congress will have already affirmatively ended subsidies pending negotiations so Lighthizer will be negotiating from a position of strength when he gets to Washington, D.C. and is confirmed by the Senate.

“The Yoho Zero for Zero plan fits right in with President Trump’s trade agenda, and is dedicated to getting a better deal, and rejects the position of unilateral reductions in subsidies that will kill American sugar without reciprocal reductions overseas. That more than 70-year policy objective failure, which does not taken into consideration the realities of true trade negotiations, must be consigned to the dustbin of history with all the other bad trade deals we’ve made over the years. Zero for zero should be the model for not just sugar policy, but all trade policy.”

Attachments:

Zero for Zero Act, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, March 23, 2017 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Zero_for_Zero-Act.xml_.pdf

“Yoho Zero for Zero sugar policy is a trade win-win for everyone,” By Robert Romano, Jan. 12, 2017 at http://netrightdaily.com/2017/01/yoho-zero-zero-sugar-policy-trade-win-win-everyone/

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