WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, received the Fueling Growth Award from Growth Energy. In recognition of her efforts to champion the work of ethanol producers, Congresswoman Bustos was presented the award by Growth Energy CEO, Emily Skor. There are three Growth Energy producer plants in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District: Adkins Energy in Galena; Archer Daniels Midland in Peoria; and Big River Resources in Galva.

“I’m humbled to receive the Fueling Growth Award and I want to thank Growth Energy for this honor,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I’ll always fight for our ethanol producers that do so much to support our agricultural economy. Time and again, the EPA and the White House have undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard by giving out waivers to big oil – causing billions of gallons of ethanol to be lost. I’ll keep standing up for our family farmers who’ve been hurt by these outrageous waivers.”

“Congresswoman Bustos has been a constant and effective champion for the ethanol industry, which is why I was pleased to present her with the Fueling Growth Award today at our Biofuels Summit,” Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy said. “She understands the seriousness of the challenges our industry is faces, but also the critical role biofuels play in communities across Illinois’ 17th District in supporting jobs and cleaner fuel alternatives for drivers. I thank Congresswoman Bustos for her leadership and look forward to continuing to work with her on behalf of ethanol producers across the Heartland.”

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Congresswoman Bustos serves on both the House Appropriations and Agriculture Committees. Recently, she slammed the EPA for approving 31 small refinery biofuel waivers, which undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard. Congresswoman Bustos has also been a longtime supporter of year-round E15 to grow our agricultural economy. In addition, her plan to combat climate change and spur economic growth – the Rural Green Partnership – expands the use of biofuels to reduce Green House Gas emissions by optimizing fuel standards.

Growth Energy is the country’s largest ethanol association, representing over 100 producer plants – more than half of the U.S. ethanol industry.