Diverse Coalition Responds to Senate Agreement on Corn Ethanol Tax Credit

October 24, 2012
Washington, DC

 The Senate has agreed to a tax policy package that includes a one-year extension of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) at its current level of $.45 per gallon.  In response, organizations representing the food industry, animal agriculture, environmental groups, and budget watchdogs released the following statement:

 
“The Senate’s decision to accept a deal to extend for another year the outdated and unnecessary subsidies for the corn ethanol industry is outrageous and shortsighted.  Now it’s time for the House of Representatives - especially the Leadership and the House negotiators on the tax package - to stand up and say no to extending federal corn ethanol subsidies. The federal government should not waste another $6 billion on this needless subsidy. It is bad for the environment, food producers, farmers, and consumers. And at a time when the  budget deficit and national debt have reached a crisis level, bad for the nation’s long-term fiscal health. Enough.”
 
Organizations
American Meat Institute
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Friends of the Earth
National Taxpayers Union
Environmental Working Group
Competitive Enterprise Institute
American Frozen Food Institute
National Council of Chain Restaurants
National Chicken Council
National Meat Association
Milk Producers Council
Washington State Dairy Federation
Snack Food Association
Northwest Dairy Association
Americans for Limited Government
ActionAid
National Wildlife Federation
American Bakers Association
National Turkey Federation
 
Contact Information
 
American Meat Institute
Dave Ray
(202) 587-4243
 
Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)
Scott W. Openshaw
(202) 295-3957
 
Friends of the Earth
Kate McMahon
(202) 222-0715
 
National Taxpayers Union
Pete Sepp
(703) 683-5700
 
Environmental Working Group
Donald Carr
(202) 939-9141
 
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Marlo Lewis
(202) 669-6693
 
American Frozen Food Institute
Corey Henry
(703) 489-5945
 
National Council of Chain Restaurants
M. Scott Vinson
202-661-3059
 
National Chicken Council
Richard Lobb
(202) 296-2622, Ext. 119
 
National Meat Association
Jeremy Russell
(510) 763-1533
 
Milk Producers Council
Rob Vandenheuvel
(909) 992-9529
 
Washington State Dairy Federation
Jay Gordon
(360) 482 3485
 
Snack Food Association
Jim McCarthy
(703) 598-4500
 
Northwest Dairy Association
Dan Coyne
(360) 951-5262
 
Americans for Limited Government
Bill Wilson, President
(703) 383-0880
 
ActionAid USA
Marie Brill
202-370-9923
 
National Wildlife Federation
Julie Sibbing
202-797-6832
 
American Bakers Association
Rasma Zvaners
(202) 789-0300
 
National Turkey Federation
Sherrie Rosenblatt
(202) 730-9639