House Biofuels Caucus addresses direct aid for ethanol industry


House Biofuels Caucus addresses direct aid for ethanol industry

Leaders of the U.S. House Biofuels Caucus hosted a virtual townhall Wednesday to discuss challenges facing the renewable fuels sector.

House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson was asked about the Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program included in the HEROES Act.

“You never know what the Senate is going to do, but the day after we passed that bill I had a discussion with (Senate Ag Committee Chairman) Pat Roberts and got the impression that he was going to be supportive of what we have done.”

The Reimbursement Program is designed to help ethanol producers recover from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Peterson, a Democrat from Minnesota, recently sent a letter to the Trump Administration highlighting the importance of direct assistance for biofuels.

“I just think it’s a mistake the way they went about this, and I think they can still correct this. So I wouldn’t give up, I would keep your oar in the water. And if you’ve got anybody in the Administration that you can talk to, or anybody that knows somebody in the White House, I wouldn’t give up.”

Peterson says if the Senate comes back with a bill that does not give agriculture a fair shake, he will lead the charge on the House floor to kill it.

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