Bipartisan Majority of Senators Stand up for American Agriculture and Energy Security
WASHINGTON, DC — Following the defeat of Senator Pat Toomey’s Amendment this afternoon to repeal the Biorefinery Assistance Program in the Energy Title of the Farm Bill, Growth Energy CEO, Tom Buis issued the following statement:
“Today’s bipartisan vote of 63-33 is to be commended. The failure of Senator Toomey’s amendment, Number 2226 to repeal the Biorefinery Assistance Program demonstrates that a strong, bipartisan majority of Senators recognize the important role renewable fuels play in America’s agricultural and energy industries.
“The Biorefinery Assistance Program is instrumental in the production of the next generation of ethanol. This program is in place to foster innovation and American excellence. By rejecting this amendment, the Senate has clearly shown they understand the importance of advanced biofuels and the benefits of cleaner air, job creation and energy security.
“American made ethanol is critical to reducing our addiction to foreign oil and vital, if we are serious about energy independence. Not only does ethanol contribute to our energy security, but its production spurs economic growth, creating jobs and revitalize areas that are lacking in economic opportunity.
“I commend the Senate for their action today and I urge their colleagues in the House of Representatives to follow suit. America’s farmers and energy producers need a Farm Bill in place that provides a level of certainty so they can move forward in their integral operations.”
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