Tuesday, June 14, 2011

60 Votes to End Corn-a-Holing You

Today's the day. Both of these will need 60 votes to avoid cloture.

Senate Republicans are moving to repeal all subsidies, mandates and tariffs on ethanol, the corn-based fuel additive.

A vote is expected Tuesday afternoon on Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) amendment repealing the ethanol subsidy.

In addition, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) announced that he will introduce an amendment to repeal the renewable fuels standard that requires ethanol to be blended with gasoline.

If we had to have only one of the two, DeMint's is the better one; ending the mandate will eventually strangle the subsidies.

Senator Johnson knows what he must do.

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