Coalition Applauds Senators for Efforts to End Ethanol Subsidies

October 24, 2012
Washington, DC

A coalition of livestock and poultry groups released a statement today commending Sens. Jim Webb, D-Va., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., along with 10 of their colleagues, for asking Senate leadership to terminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and tariff on imported ethanol as soon as possible. 

“The 73-27 Senate vote on June 16 made it clear that there was no further need for the VEETC or import tariff.  Unfortunately, the current compromise continues providing taxpayer support for corn-based ethanol. That money would be better spent reducing the deficit or encouraging the development of energy sources that do not compete with animal agriculture feed needs.
“We appreciate the work done by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in her effort to end the VEETC and tariff.  However, this is not the time to create yet another support for an industry that should be able to stand on its own two feet.”
Joining the statement were: American Meat Institute, California Dairies, Inc., National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Meat Association, National Pork Producers Council, and National Turkey Federation.
Media Contacts
American Meat Institute
Tom Super
(202) 587-4235

California Dairies, Inc.
Harry katrichis
(202) 393-4841

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Mary Geiger
(202) 879-9138
National Chicken Council
Richard L. Lobb
(202) 296-2622 Ext. 119

National Meat Association
Jeremy Russell
(510) 763-1533

National Pork Producers Council
Dave Warner
(202) 347-3600

National Turkey Federation
Sherrie Rosenblatt
(202) 898-0100, Ext. 7227