Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) along with Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) released the following statement on President Trump’s proposal to lift a federal ban on summer sales of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol:
“Efforts to prop up the ethanol industry have been a well-intentioned flop, and this week’s announcement from the current administration will profoundly impact consumers. By proposing to allow the sale of high-level ethanol blends during summer months, the administration has chosen to support a one-sided solution that further helps ethanol producers while punishing hardworking Americans.
“U.S. families, food producers, businesses, and livestock farmers stand to experience the harmful impacts of more ethanol forced on the market through detrimental effects on vehicles, small engines, feed prices, and energy sustainability. Our coalition has worked to develop an array of bipartisan initiatives to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard in a comprehensive manner. We urge the administration to reconsider this proposal and to allow Congress the opportunity to advance legislative solutions that truly work for all stakeholders.”
Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011. He serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget and is a member of the House Appropriations defense, military construction-veterans affairs, and labor-health and human services subcommittees. Additionally, he co-chairs the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform.