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Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the U.S. and Mexico Sugar Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement in response to the agreement in principle reached to address sugar trade concerns between the United States and Mexico:

“While I appreciate Secretary Ross and Secretary Perdue’s work to strengthen trade enforcement with Mexico, our sugar farmers still have concerns that this agreement does not go far enough. We must ensure that this deal will protect Michigan sugar beet farmers and the 142,000 jobs this vital industry supports across the country. I encourage negotiators to work with our farmers to make improvements as the details of this agreement are finalized and as the changes are implemented.”