Candy on Capitol Hill

Congressional representatives and staffers are just like any American – they love the occasional confectionery treat! NCA has built a strong network of allies and supporters to the confectionery on Capitol Hill, providing us with opportunities to share the stories of the confectionery industry and celebrate our members’ unique products.

The Congressional Candy Caucus

The Congressional Candy Caucus is a bipartisan effort formed to acknowledge the American candy industry’s long history of creating jobs and making some of the world’s most iconic brands. Formed in 2016 by former representative Jackie Walorski and Congresswoman Annie Kuster, the Candy Caucus currently consists of 51 members of Congress committed to promoting policies that support the $42.6 billion U.S. confectionery industry.

Congressional Candy Caucus members share several policy priorities that include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating a level playing field for confectioners by working to address an antiquated sugar program
  • Supporting policies that make the confectionery manufacturing sector more competitive while protecting workers and investments with trading partners
  • Constructing fair and reasonable regulations that recognize industry challenges and commitments

The Senate Candy Desk

No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, candy has a special way of bringing people together, and there is no better example of confectionery’s bipartisan appeal than the Senate Candy Desk. In every Congress since 1965, the Candy Desk has been located in the back row of the Republican side, on the aisle and adjacent to the chamber’s most heavily used entrance. Its drawer is stuffed with chocolate and candy from its occupant’s home state, providing some sweet relief to senators during proceedings.

Currently occupied by Indiana Senator Todd Young, the Senate Candy desk is known to be stuffed with chocolate and candy from its occupant’s home state. For decades, the desk has provided some sweet relief to senators during proceedings.