Trump Tramples GOP Loyalty with Anti-Iowa Positions on Health Care, Energy
by Kathie Obradovich (Des Moines Register) … Trump, while campaigning in Iowa, pledged to protect the RFS, which sets the minimum volume of renewable energy that must be part of the transportation fuels sold in the United States.
The National Biodiesel Board posted a video last week compiling clips of Trump’s campaign promises on the RFS. It includes a statement by Sen. Chuck Grassley on the Senate floor, saying Trump had personally assured him he would keep his word on the renewable fuel standard.
The EPA has indicated it intends to roll back the RFS, particularly for biodiesel. Congressman David Young, an Iowa Republican, called the move a “gut punch” to Iowa agriculture.
“I think the EPA administrator needs to be reminded of what the president said and needs to back that up,” Young said. “This is really hurtful to Iowa’s agriculture economy. As you know, Iowa’s agriculture income has been down four years in a row. This is a gut punch to it, so is the lack of trade.”
Young made his comments on “Iowa Press,” which aired over the weekend on “Iowa Public Television.”
He didn’t answer directly when asked if Trump was double-crossing Iowa. But it was clear he’s using a different songbook from most Iowa Republican leaders.
I asked Young, who is seeking a third term, whether he wants Trump to come to Iowa and campaign for him.
“I want what is best for the Third District,” Young said.
“Is that best?” I asked.
“I don’t know,” Young said.
Young stopped short of saying he thought Trump was a liability to Republicans. But as Trump’s job approval rating hit 32 percent in an AP-NORC Center poll last week, the president may well be like concrete swimming trunks to swing-district Republicans like Young.
If Iowa’s waiver is denied and the EPA persists in pruning back renewable fuels, we’ll see more Iowa Republicans trying to get out of Trump’s pool. Most, however, are already in too deep. READ MORE
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