Bipartisan legislation to reform the controversial U.S. sugar program was introduced on Nov. 7, prompting quick responses from sugar users and producers.

… The Sweetener Users Association (S.U.A.) said the legislation “leaves in place smart protections to ensure the sugar market operates freely without unnecessary government intrusion,” and that such reform was long overdue. “The Sugar Policy Modernization Act does it all,” said Rick Pasco, president of the S.U.A. “It will help American businesses of all sizes, consumers, workers and families — without costing taxpayers. It is very rare that Congress has the chance to consider legislation that will do so much for so many. We encourage the House and Senate to advance the (legislation) quickly for the benefit of Americans across the country.”