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.
“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.