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Houses Passes Two Amendments That Would Reduce Federal Support of Ethanol

Saturday, February 19, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

After a four day debate ending in the early morning hours today, the House of Representatives passed a six month spending bill, the 2011 Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, which contained two separate amendments that would reduce federal support of ethanol. The two amendments, which both passed overwhelmingly, gave members of the House the opportunity to have an “up or down” vote on ethanol policy.

The first, introduced by Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla), would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from using appropriated funds to increase the amount of allowable ethanol content in gasoline to 15 percent (E15).  The amendment passed 285-136. The second amendment, introduced by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz), would prohibit the U.S. Department of Agriculture from using appropriated funds for the installation of ethanol pumps and storage facilities. This amendment passed 261-168.

In separate letters this week, the American Meat Institute (AMI) joined a broad coalition of associations in support of the two amendments.

The overall bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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