House Expected to Vote on Food and Fuel Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act led by Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), a package of legislation designed to address supply chain issues for the American energy and agriculture sectors, combat rising fertilizer prices and increase the availability of higher ethanol blends and other biofuels.

The legislation includes Spanberger’s Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act which would tackle anticompetitive practices and increase fairness in the American meat and poultry industry, as well as the Butcher Block Act to expand regional livestock and meat processing capacity.

The Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act also includes contributions from Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA) to help lower prices at the pump by:
Expanding U.S. biofuels investments and giving consumers the choice to purchase fuels that are cheaper than standard gasoline.
Deploying additional storage and dispensing equipment to increase availability of higher ethanol blends and other biofuels.
Moving forward with voluntary year-round sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol — known as E-15 or Unleaded 88.

“We are helping not just reduce our carbon emissions and helping our agriculture communities, we are literally putting money in people’s pockets because they’re saving,” said Rep. Axne about allowing year round sales of E15.

Rep. Spanberger held a press conference Wednesday with Rep. Axne, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH), Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH), Dean Phillips (D-MN), and Susie Lee (D-NV).

House Food and Fuel Costs bill presser 23:35

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