Alexander Votes for “Lower Food Prices and a Lower Federal Debt”

Posted on June 16, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his votes in favor of legislation that would block taxpayer dollars from going to pay for ethanol infrastructure, and in support of an amendment that would end the 45-cent ethanol blender tax credit and the 54-cent tariff on imported ethanol: 

“These are votes for lower food prices and a lower federal debt, both of which are necessary to create a better economy and more jobs.”

The amendment ending the ethanol blender tax credit and the tariff on imported ethanol was offered by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Cali.) and was identical to legislation earlier introduced by Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), which Alexander voted for on Tuesday.

That amendment was adopted by a vote of 73 to 27. It required 60 votes for adoption.

The amendment blocking taxpayer dollars from funding ethanol blending pumps and storage infrastructure was offered by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.). That amendment was not agreed to, by a vote of 41 to 59.

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