Congressional Biofuels Caucus urging coronavirus relief negotiators to provide direct aid to biofuels
The Congressional Biofuels Caucus is urging House and Senate negotiators working on the next round of coronavirus aid to include renewable fuels.
House Agriculture Committee chairman Collin Peterson, who co-chairs the Biofuels Caucus, says the HEROES Act passed two months ago by the House includes direct aid for biofuels.
“We’re hoping that in the final bill that’s negotiated by the leadership that’s working on it right now, that will become part of (it). We’re working on this every day.”
The Biofuels Caucus wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.
The letter says language in the HEROES Act requiring Ag Secretary Perdue to provide a per-gallon payment to producers for renewable fuels produced during the pandemic is necessary to ensure USDA has the authority they deem necessary to provide aid to the biofuels sector, and to guarantee assistance for farmers and plant workers.
Leaders of the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, and National Corn Growers Association have expressed support for the funding assistance.