Anti-Ethanol Lobby to Support H.R. 875
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Posted by: Lindsey Johnson
With 24 co-sponsors, a bill
introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has the full support of several
large, diverse organizations working together to repeal the Renewable Fuel
Standard (RFS). H.R. 875 was reported out of the House Science, Space and
Technology Committee in April 2014 and is waiting for House floor action.
The coalition has prepared a list
of talking points for use when meeting with Congressional representatives
during the current recess.
Sample talking points include:
• As you know, last year the
House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee held several hearings and
prepared a bipartisan white paper on adverse impacts of the RFS
• The committee is considering a
short-term bridge to provide more stability to the market and address some of the
• In particular, the E&C
Committee is interested in moving on an amended version of H.R. 875.
H.R. 875 would commission a study
by the National Academy of Science on E-15 and rescind the E-15 waiver during
the course of study. The edits under committee consideration would include
broadening the study beyond E-15 and replacing the waiver rescission with a
codification of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed volumes for 2014
and 2015 during the course of the study.
"While MRAA believes this is not
a long-term fix, nor is it as much as Congress can and should do,” says MRAA
president Matt Gruhn, "at the very least, this action would prevent the problem
from worsening as the House continues working toward a more permanent solution.”
The E&C Committee is considering floor action under suspension of
the rules. The Senate also will need to take action before an amended H.R. 875
can be sent to the President.