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COLEMAN JOINS BIPARTISAN MAJORITY IN PASSING CAFTA AFTER BROKERING AGREEMENT TO FULLY PROTECT U.S. SUGAR INDUSTRY
MN Senator plays pivotal role in breakthrough to stop any sugar imports that would exceed current Farm Bill limits, to create a sugar-to-ethanol program
 
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Senators Coleman and Chambliss address the press at  CAFTA press conference
Senators Coleman and Chambliss address the press at CAFTA press conference
June 30th, 2005 - WASHINGTON D.C - Senator Coleman today joined a bipartisan majority in voting to pass 54-45 to pass the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). After working extensively with Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) to reach an agreement with the White House to fully protect the U.S. sugar industry through the remainder of the 2002 Farm Bill, Coleman dropped his opposition to CAFTA-DR.

“This is a 3 year insurance policy that I have purchased for my sugar farmers, for my cooperatives, for this $2 billion industry in my state that creates about 40,000 good paying Minnesota jobs.” Coleman said on the Senate floor. “And beyond an insurance policy, through this agreement we make an important down payment on a very important part of the future of my sugar industry and that is ethanol.”

Under the agreement, any sugar imports above the current cap established under the Farm Bill – whether under CAFTA, NAFTA, or any other trade agreement – would be denied entry into the United States altogether unless an equivalent amount of sugar is converted into ethanol or other non-food uses, with at least 109,000 tons of that sugar being converted to ethanol under a pilot program run by USDA. In addition to the ethanol pilot program, the agreement also requires a study on the long term promise of a sugar-to-ethanol program.

“Without it, the Red River Valley has zero protection from NAFTA, zero protection from future trade agreements, and zero protection from CAFTA,” Coleman said. “Under NAFTA alone, some estimate that as much as 900,000 tons of dumped Mexican sugar could begin pouring over the border over the next couple years. Without this commitment, prices tank and U.S. sugar policy is in serious jeopardy. The worries that keep my farmers up at night carry on. But with this commitment, my farmers are fully protected through the life of the 2002 Farm Bill.”

Acknowledging he shares the industry’s disappointment in the lack of a permanent solution to limit imports, Coleman said that he has fought for more than two years on behalf of Minnesota sugar farmers and cooperatives to hold them harmless under CAFTA.

With the protections for sugar solidly in place, he noted that CAFTA will bring significant benefits for Minnesota’s other farm families as well including producers of beef, pork, soybeans, corn, dairy, wheat, and barley. Minnesota's manufacturing sector also strongly supports this agreement.

As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, Coleman also underscored that the U.S. hopes CAFTA will promote economic growth and opportunity in Central America, as well in order to strengthen Democracies there and national security here at home.

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On June 16th, Senator Coleman, Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, held a hearing before representatives from the Government Accountability Office regarding 33,000 contractors at federal civilian departments and agencies who owe $3.3 billion in unpaid taxes.
On June 22, Senator Coleman congratulated Robin Hansen on receiving the Good People Jefferson Award. This award was established as a way to honor individuals for their achievements and contributions to the community. Hansen was chosen for her 4H leadership and her involvement in a local military support group, among other activities. Also honored were John & Joanne Gedker of Austin, MN. Since April 2000, the Gedker’s have volunteered more than 4,618 hours at the Mower County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
This June, Senator Coleman was able to help two Guatemalan firefighters, Leslie Jeaneth Monzon Leal and Luis Rodolfo Espana, obtain visitor visas to attend the Minnesota State Fire Department Association Conference in Grand Rapids.
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June 2005 Press Releases  « May   July »     « 2004   2006 » 
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29th - COLEMAN SECURES $3.3 MILLION FOR SIX MINNESOTA PROJECTS IN INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS BILL
29th - COLEMAN, AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN CHAMBLISS SECURE WHITE HOUSE COMMITMENT TO PROTECT U.S. SUGAR POLICY FROM CAFTA [ listen to Radio Clip ]
28th - COLEMAN PRAISES PASSAGE OF ENERGY BILL, A CORNERSTONE OF THE JOBS AGENDA [ listen to Radio Clip ]
28th - COLEMAN PRAISES PASSAGE OF ENERGY BILL AND JOBS BOOST FROM KEY NORTHEAST POWER PROJECT [ listen to Radio Clip ]
24th - BAUCUS AND COLEMAN INTRODUCE TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE FOR SERVICE WORKERS
23rd - COLEMAN SCORES BIG WINS IN AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS BILL
23rd - COLEMAN, DAYTON TESTIFY AT BRAC HEARING ON THE ECONOMIC AND STRATEGIC IMPACT OF PROPOSED PLANS FOR DULUTH, GRAND FORKS, AND FARGO BASES
23rd - COLEMAN INTRODUCES "FOSTERING ADOPTION TO FURTHER STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT" ACT
22nd - COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES COLEMAN AMENDMENT THAT COMBATS FEDERAL TAX CHEATS AND CURBS ABUSE OF GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS
22nd - COLEMAN KEEPS THE MUSIC ALIVE FOR ROCK BAND HOPING FOR BIG BREAK IN U.S.
22nd - COLEMAN RECEIVES COMMITMENT FROM PENTAGON OFFICIALS TO SECURE FOLLOW-ON MISSION FOR DULUTH AIR BASE
21st - COLEMAN ANNOUNCES HIRING OF NEW MINNESOTA PRESS SECRETARY
18th - STATEMENT FROM SENATOR NORM COLEMAN ON U.N. REFORM
17th - SENATOR COLEMAN'S OFFICE HELPS STUDENT AVOID DEPORTATION AND ATTEND COLLEGE
16th - COLEMAN ANNOUNCES $8.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR IMPORTANT MN PROJECTS INCLUDED IN THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL
16th - COLEMAN SCORES SEVERAL VICTORIES ON ENERGY BILL
16th - COLEMAN AND LEVIN CALL FOR REFORMS TO FEDERAL CONTRACTOR LEVY PROGRAM [ listen to Radio Clip ] [ view Television Clip ]
15th - COLEMAN PRAISES U.S.-CHINA DECISION TO EXPAND VISAS FOR STUDENTS
15th - SENATORS COLEMAN, PRYOR, GRAHAM, DEWINE, AND NELSON INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN RURAL RENAISSANCE II
13th - SENATOR COLEMAN STAFF TO DISCUSS LOCAL CONCERNS IN METRO AREA COMMUNITIES
13th - SENATOR COLEMAN JOINS BIPARTISAN SENATE MANUFACTURING CAUCUS
13th - COLEMAN WELCOMES VEITH OF WINONA-BASED NATIONAL CHILD PROTECTION CENTER TO CAPITOL HILL TO DELIVER KEY ADDRESS ON FIGHTING CHILD ABUSE
10th - COLEMAN COMES TO THE AID OF GUATEMALANS HOPING TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY TRAINING SKILLS AT GRAND RAPIDS SEMINAR
10th - COLEMAN SECURES $2.8 MILLION FOR MINNESOTA'S NATURAL RESOURCES & TREATMENT FACILITIES
9th - COLEMAN COAUTHORS BILL TO HELP STIMULATE BIOENERGY PRODUCTION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
9th - COLEMAN COMMENDS SENATE CONFIRMATION OF JUSTICE WILLIAM PRYOR
8th - SENATOR COLEMAN TO HOLD SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON POSSIBLE PASSPORT REQUIREMENT FOR TRAVELERS BETWEEN THE U.S., CANADA, AND MEXICO
8th - COLEMAN PRAISES SENATE CONFIRMATION OF JUSTICE JANICE ROGERS BROWN
7th - COLEMAN MEETS WITH ASST. SECRETARY OF STATE REGARDING U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN SOMALIA
6th - STATEMENT FROM SENATOR COLEMAN ON THE RELOCATION OF ST. PAUL'S POSTAL PROCESSING CENTER


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