The ethanol industry is hopeful of a final win soon on a permanent fix for restricted summertime E15 sales. The House has already acted as part of a package of livestock competition bills to permanently allow summertime E15 sales that received a Biden waiver just for this summer.
Now, Renewable Fuels Association chief Geoff Cooper says itâ€™s up to the Senate to act. â€œWe are expecting that the Senate is going to give those provisions a very hard look if they decide to try to do something before the August recess.â€
The Senate Ag Committee last month advanced two cattle market reform bills, including Senator Chuck Grassleyâ€™s Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act.
Cooper; â€œSo, it could fold very well into any package he and his colleagues might be considering. That includes some of the meatpacking provisions and other things that heâ€™s been focused on.â€
As for E15â€™s chances after seven Midwest Republicans broke ranks and backed the House bill? Cooper; â€œWe would expect the same thing to happen in the Senate. In fact, thereâ€™s probably more bipartisan interest in the Senate around the provisions that were in that bill that slipped through the House.â€
And ahead of the November elections, both parties will be looking for anything they can point to as possibly reducing near-record gas prices.