Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) voted for an amendment authored by U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) that would repeal the federal subsidies and tariffs for corn ethanol. Senator DeMint also announced he will continue to demand a vote on his amendment (Amdt. 460) to repeal the mandate that ethanol be blended with gasoline and repeal the unfair death tax.
"Congress has taken two steps forward on ending our misguided ethanol policy, but unless we repeal the ethanol mandate, Americans will still be forced to fill their tanks with gas mixed with ethanol," said Senator DeMint. "Washington must stop picking winners and losers in the energy market. The effect of Congress forcing Americans to burn corn ethanol in their cars has been higher food prices, harm to automobile engines, and more carcinogens in our air."
"Those who voted to end the ethanol subsidies should also support ending the ethanol mandate or the negative effects of Washington's failed ethanol policies will continue. And anyone who truly wants to help family farmers and spur job creation through small businesses should also support the repeal of the unfair death tax."
"Senator Reid has assured me I can still seek a vote on repealing the ethanol mandate, and I will use every tool available to do so. Also, I want to thank Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for making it clear he will seek a vote on my amendment prior final passage of this bill."
The DeMint amendment to repeal the ethanol mandate is supported by the following taxpayer groups:
* Americans for Tax Reform
* Club for Growth
* National Taxpayers Union