In response to your Oct. 23 article "Toomey Speaks to Pa. Press Club on How to Succeed in Congress," I applaud your coverage of the senator's remarks on bipartisanship, and I wanted to let you know the senator practices what he preaches. As president of the National Confectioners Association and chairman of the Coalition for Sugar Reform, I have witnessed Sen. Toomey's commitment to reaching across the aisle to advance legislation, including reform of the Depression-era U.S. sugar program.
The wasteful federal sugar program costs American consumers and businesses $3.5 billion and sacrifices up to 20,000 potential U.S. food industry jobs each year. Since Pennsylvania produces the most confectionery goods in the nation and is home to The Hershey Company, Just Born Inc., Wolfgang Candy Company and many others, it is important that our leaders understand the negative impact of the sugar program on local Pennsylvania companies, their employees and consumers.
Working with Democrats and Republicans, Sen. Toomey has championed sugar reform in the Senate. While senators ultimately did not approve much-needed reforms, I know Sen. Toomey will continue to work to protect Pennsylvania workers and consumers through his bipartisan sugar reform efforts.
National Confectioners Association