Legislation sponsored by Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind would end subsidies for cotton growers in Brazil.
Nine years ago, Brazil filed an unfair trade practices action against the U.S. It won. Since then this country has sent Brazil 147 million dollars each year. Kind and Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer are authors of legislation to end the subsidies and reform the cotton industry. Kind calls the subsidies, in essence, bribery payments to make sure Brazil doesn’t implement sanctions against the U.S. The La Crosse Democrat says there are still some southern U.S. Senators blocking an efforts to modernize the cotton industry, so it can be globally competitive. He says that’s just another example of Washington’s dysfunction.