Official communication between Senators tends to be pretty dull, often restricted to run-of-the-mill “Dear Colleague” letters. But HOH hears Sen. Jeanne Shaheen creatively got into the holiday spirit Monday when she sent around information about a piece of legislation.
The New Hampshire Democrat delivered a valentine to her fellow Senators about the Stop Unfair Giveaways and Restrictions (or SUGAR) Act. The sweet-sounding bill would phase out the U.S. Sugar Program, which sets a minimum price for sugar.
Shaheen’s valentine is addressed to “U.S. Senator” and features a candy heart reading “SUBSIDIZE ME.” It’s signed, “From Your Valentine, The Sugar Industry.” The valentine also urges Members to support the SUGAR Act, noting that sugar prices cost consumers $4 billion a year.
“The Senator just thought it would be a fun way to get people’s attention on a serious issue,” spokesman Al Killeffer tells HOH.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.