Ethanol opponents fail to get Senate vote
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2015 - A bipartisan proposal to kill the corn ethanol mandates won't be considered in the Senate.
“At this point it's unlikely we will bring that to a vote,” Sen. Pat Toomey told Agri-Pulse on Thursday. The Pennsylvania Republican had proposed the anti-ethanol amendment to a pending bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. He declined further comment.
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., said the amendment would have divided senators along regional lines. She said her “bigger concern” was what EPA would do about setting the annual usage targets. The agency has repeatedly delayed setting the RFS levels for last year while it determines how to legally keep them within the amounts the market can absorb.
The Toomey-Feinstein amendment was similar to a bill, the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act, that Feinstein had proposed in the last Congress with then-Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.