The Senate voted to reject an effort by Senator John McCain to prevent federal investment in ethanol refueling infrastructure. The Renewable Fuels Association says the vote signifies that an anti-ethanol wave in Congress isn’t swelling, that the attention on ethanol was little more than political posturing. RFA says lawmakers now must pivot to fact-based, comprehensive discussions about diversifying America’s fuel markets.
On Thursday, the House adopted its Ag Appropriations bill that included a provision banning use of USDA funds for ethanol refueling infrastructure but RFA is confident the House bill will be dead on arrival in the Senate. It remains the Association’s hope that lawmakers on both sides of Capitol Hill will take up a serious conversation about American energy policy.