Sep 22, 1999
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - "I was proud today to cast a vote protecting New York City's families from price hikes in the cost of milk. No mom, dad, grandparent, teenager, or baby deserves to have Washington politicians threatening his or her ability to buy the most nutritious and essential drink: milk.

"According to even the most conservative estimates, HR 1402 would have forced consumers to pay at least $200 million more each year. Each family in our country would only shoulder a small portion of the $200 million hike, but small increases in price can make a big difference to a working families struggling just to get by. Big-wigs in Washington seem to be forgetting that a few more dollars here and there can be a big deal to a single mother trying to make ends meet, or to programs such as WIC, Food Stamps, or school lunches.

"I agree with many supporters of HR 1402 that we must do everything in our power to help small farmers who are suffering. But we should not preserve an antiquated milk pricing system that punishes consumers throughout New York -- both upstate and downstate -- while doing little to help the farmers who need the most help.

"Rather than preserving this outdated system, we should continue to move to a free market for milk that is fair to both farmers and consumers."