The Government Accountability Office is recommending changes in the way raw sugar tariff rate quotas are allocated. The GAO said the U.S. sugar program provide significant benefits to sugar farms, increasing consumer costs. The GAO, which is an independent, non-partisan agency that works for Congress, recommends USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office evaluate different ways to allocate TRQs. Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer and New Hampshire Representative Ann Kuster are frequent sugar program critics and requested the GAO study.
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