Senators Push White House on Ethanol Mandate
by Devin Henry (The Hill) A group of senators is pushing the White House to issue a strong mandate for ethanol fuel. Fourteen senators — a mix of Republicans and Democrats, many from ethanol-producing Midwestern states — met with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Thursday to make their case for an aggressive new ethanol mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rankled many ethanol producers in May when it proposed increasing the amount of biofuel it wants mixed into the gasoline supply, but at levels below those set by Congress in 2007.
“The last thing we should be doing is throwing the brakes on the progress we’ve made by rolling back the Renewable Fuel Standard,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who helped organize the McDonough meeting, said in a statement.
Three Republican senators from Iowa and South Dakota joined 11 Democrats at the White House meeting on Thursday.
“When lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, representing states all over the country, come together to share a common concern, that really means it is time to listen,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in a statement. “And I hope the Administration does.” READ MORE and MORE (Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar)
Excerpt from Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar: In addition to Klobuchar and Durbin, today’s meeting attendees included Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), John Thune (R-SD), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Al Franken (D-MN), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Joni Ernst (R-IA).