McCain attempts to shut down USDA funding for ethanol blender pumps

October 21, 2011 |

In Washington, Senator John McCain this week tried to revive a failed attempt to prohibit U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for construction, installation or operation of ethanol blender pumps or storage facilities. McCain proposed similar legislation earlier this year which was defeated in the Senate by a vote of 59 to 41.

Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol released the following statement after Senator McCain decided to withdraw the amendment from consideration late yesterday.

“Thanks in part to grassroots phone calls, emails and other outreach from ACE members Senator McCain withdrew his amendment to prohibit federal funding for blender pumps.  Now we can continue to encourage Congress to focus on forward-thinking energy policy such as promoting more blender pumps, Flexible Fuel Vehicles, and consumer fuel choice,” Jennings said.

Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis added: “This was an ill-conceived amendment that would have put OPEC further in control of our economy and limited consumer choice at the pump. While the withdrawal of this amendment is an important milestone, we will continue to encourage Congress to oppose any other effort that would erect new barriers to the market.”

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