CAFTA Would Cost Taxpayers

The Congressional Budget Office is reporting that CAFTA would “cost taxpayers $50 million a year in loan forfeitures by sugar farmers.”

An administration official said Thursday that the analysis was unrealistic and that there would be virtually no cost under sugar provisions in the deal.

The CBO released its estimate as House leaders planned for a vote next week on the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

Overall, CAFTA would cost the U.S. about $4.4 billion over the next 10 years, primarily in lost tariffs, the CBO said.

Under CAFTA, those countries could ship more sugar to the United States. The CBO said the influx would push prices down and force farmers to forfeit government loans on their crops, costing taxpayers on average about $50 million annually through 2015.

CAFTA is a raw deal for America and Central America. For more information about CAFTA or to contact your Representatives to ask them to oppose CAFTA, visit

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Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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One Response to CAFTA Would Cost Taxpayers

  1. kj says:

    Via the WaPo’s “White House Briefing,” ran across the link to the text of GWB’s speech (yesterday) promoting CAFTA.