Congresswoman Bustos Statement on Trump Administration Undermining Farmers with Weakened and Unpredictable Renewable Fuel Standard Rules

A year and a half into the Trump Administration and they still haven’t kept their promise to protect hardworking ethanol producers

WASHINGTON – Today, following a closed door White House meeting between President Trump, E.P.A. Director Scott Pruitt, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and four Republican Senators, it’s become clear that the Trump Administration still has no clear strategy when it comes to Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules. With millions of hardworking families depending on a robust production of corn-based ethanol to fuel cars across the country and economies across the heartland, the Administration’s ongoing schemes to undermine the RFS, while giving handouts to oil companies, is creating uncertainty and hurting rural America’s ability to succeed.

“We’ve had to fight hard several times in the last year to protect a Renewable Fuel Standard that puts farmers to work while helping reduce our dependence on foreign fossil fuels,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “While I am pleased to read that the Administration is committing to year-round sales of E15 and is rejecting a cap on Renewable Identification Numbers, this has gone on too long. Further, I am alarmed that Senator Cruz and Administrator Pruitt are advocating a ‘new plan’ to undercut this progress and put billionaires before hardworking American farmers. As we have seen over the last year and a half, actions speak much louder than words. I hope President Trump follows through and holds Scott Pruitt accountable rather than breaking his promise to hardworking farmers across the heartland.”