Sens. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenDefense bill includes 3,500 more visas for Afghans who helped US troops Overnight Finance: Day three of tax bill markup | Ryan says election results raise pressure for tax reform | Tax whip list - Where Republicans stand | Justice, AT&T spar over CNN sale | 25 Dems vow to block spending without Dream Act Russia crackdown survives NDAA conference MORE (D-N.H.), Mark KirkMark KirkHigh stakes as Trump heads to Hill Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns MORE (R-Ill.) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNewly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying Overnight Tech: FCC won't fine Colbert over Trump joke | Trump budget slashes science funding | Net neutrality comment period opens Appeals court decision keeps lawsuit against NSA surveillance alive MORE (R-Pa.) called on Congress to stop the sugar industry’s “sweetheart deal” by ending subsidies.

“The sugar program is a sweetheart deal for a small group of sugar growers and processors that’s costing our country jobs and hurting our economy, and it’s time we pass the Sugar Reform Act to put money back in the wallets of American families, businesses and taxpayers,” Shaheen said Friday.

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The three senators have introduced the Sugar Reform Act, which would reform domestic supply restrictions, lowers price support levels and ensures adequate sugar supplies at reasonable prices. 

“It's time to end the government's wasteful sugar program,” Toomey said. “I believe that Congress can and will eventually rein in our flawed sugar policies.”

Congress recently passed a five-year farm bill that continued sugar subsidies for major growers and producers.

The senators said nearly $300 million taxpayer dollars went to the sugar program in 2013 while U.S. candy makers have moved jobs overseas.

“Big sugar has cost American consumers more than $130 million in the past 15 years, and it's time for real reform,” Kirk said. “Senators Shaheen, Toomey and I will continue working to ensure no more American jobs are lost because of the costly sugar lobby.”