Lawmakers Push for Year Round E15

Cindy Zimmerman

More than 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives this week sent a letter to House leadership requesting a legislative solution to allow the voluntary sale of E15 year-round nationwide.

Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), Nikki Budzinski (D-IL), Adrian Smith (R-NE), and Mark Pocan (D-WI) led the letter to Speaker Johnson, Leader Jeffries, Chair McMorris Rodgers, and Ranking Member Pallone. “We write to express our support for swift passage of a legislative solution which would allow motor vehicle fuel containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) to be voluntarily sold year-round throughout the country,” they wrote. “In light of the recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) final rule allowing the year-round sale of E15 in eight Midwestern states beginning in 2025, governors, agriculture producers, ethanol refiners, oil refiners, retailers, and the automotive industry have all recognized the need for permanent law which provides needed certainty for producers and consumers in every state.”

Other cosigners include: Reps. Mark Alford, Don Bacon, James Baird, Mike Bost, Stephanie Bice, Sharice Davids, Byron Donalds, Ron Estes, Randy Feenstra, Brad Finstad, Michelle Fischbach, Mike Flood, Ashley Hinson, Jonathan Jackson, Dusty Johnson, Marcy Kaptur, Mike Kelly, Darin LaHood, Greg Landsman, Jake LaTurner, Tracey Mann, Dan Meuser, Mary Miller, Max Miller, Zach Nunn, Derrick Van Orden, Ann Wagner.

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper thanked the lawmakers for their support. “We urge Speaker Johnson to work with the bipartisan House Biofuels Caucus to move commonsense legislation forward quickly, so families on the road this summer can enjoy the economic and environmental benefits of E15,” said Cooper.

Members of the American Coalition for Ethanol will be heading to Capitol Hill on Thursday and ACE CEO Brian Jennings says year round E15 is the number one issue on their agenda. “E15 is going to be really the priority topic at the fly-in,” said Jennings.

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