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Letter to the Honorable Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, and the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader

The Honorable Harry Reid
Majority Leader
United States Senate
S-221 United States Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Minority Leader
United States Senate
S-230 United States Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell:

We are writing to ask that you make an extension of renewable fuel tax and tariff provisions a high priority on the Senate's legislative agenda for the remainder of the year. Allowing the provisions to expire or remain expired would threaten jobs, harm the environment, weaken our renewable fuel industries, and increase our dependence on foreign oil.

Our country is spending over $730 million a day on imported petroleum this year, money that often ends up in the hands of unstable or unfriendly governments. The price tag for our dependence on foreign oil is likely to rise even higher as the economy recovers. This is not the time to reduce the supply of a domestic source of fuel and place at greater risk the thousands of well-paying jobs that the renewable fuels industry has created. Congress should demonstrate that it continues to recognize the need to develop domestic, renewable sources of fuel.

Next year the Senate will be in a position to debate alternative legislative proposals for developing renewable fuels, including proposals to invest in biofuel infrastructure. In advance of this debate, we believe that, in an effort to provide stability and certainty for producers and consumers of renewable fuels, Congress must act to extend biofuels tax and tariff policies for the longest term possible. We ask that you place such an extension high on the Senate's upcoming agenda.

Sincerely,

Kent Conrad
United States Senate

Chuck Grassley
United States Senate

Christopher S. Bond
United States Senate

Tom Harkin
United States Senate

Amy Klobuchar
United States Senate

Ben Nelson
United States Senate

Sam Brownback
United States Senate

John Thune
United States Senate

Tim Johnson
United States Senate

Byron L. Dorgan
United States Senate

Mike Johanns
United States Senate

Al Franken
United States Senate

Debbie Stabenow
United States Senate

Mark Kirk
United States Senate

Claire McCaskill
United States Senate


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