Casey Votes No on Ethanol Subsidy Repeal

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

Bob Casey voted no on this week’s bill to repeal federal ethanol subsidies, after voicing his support for a related bill earlier this week.

PoliticsPA checked in with Casey spokesman Larry Smar for the Senator’s thinking on the issue, amid Republican murmurs of a flip-flop.

“Senator Casey believes the ethanol subsidy should be eliminated but thinks that the amendments today could cause unexpected disruptions that would hurt Pennsylvania consumers and Pennsylvania jobs,” said Smar.

“He had cosponsored alternate legislation which would avoid these unintended consequences  but still eliminate the existing subsidy while using the savings to reduce the deficit.”

The Ethanol Tax Reform and Deficit Reduction Plan, introduced by Senators Klobuchar (D-MN) and Thune (R-SD), took a more measured approach to the issue. It was supported by both Iowa Senators and the National Corn Growers Association.  legislation.  That legislation was not what was voted on.

The Senate passed a straightforward repeal of the $5 billion annual subsidy by a vote of 73 – 27. It was a bipartisan vote, supported by 40 Democrats and 33 Republicans, and opposed by 13 Democrats and 14 Republicans. Senator Pat Toomey voted yea, while Klobuchar and Thune each voted nay.

5 Responses

  1. People are starving and food prices are going up around the world.

    So why are we subsidizing food for fuel?

    Casey must have gotten a lot of money from the ethanol lobby. Casey is an idiot will be happy when he is gone.

  2. The subsidy should not remain only available for corn ethanol. Corn is one of the LEAST efficient raw materials. We need a more-diverse portfolio, including sweet potatoes, sugar beets, nonfood sources, and foods unfit for human consumption.

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