1996 Scorecard Vote
Large sugar cane growing operations south of Lake Okeechobee disrupt natural water flow through the Florida Everglades ecosystem and pollute the water with heavy applications of fertilizer and pesticides. The Department of Agriculture's sugar program subsidizes this destruction by artificially inflating sugar prices and imposing quotas on imported sugar.
Rep. Dan Miller (R-FL) offered an amendment to the 1996 Farm Bill, H.R. 2854, which would phase out the sugar support program over a five-year period. On February 28, 1996, the House rejected the Miller amendment, 208 - 217. YES is the pro-environment vote. (See Senate vote 8.)