U.S. Sen. McCain withdraws amendment to ban federal funding for construction, installation, operation of ethanol blender pumps or storage facilities; McCain proposed similar legislation earlier in 2011 which Senate defeated by vote of 59 to 41

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota , October 21, 2011 (press release) – Senator John McCain this week tried to revive a failed attempt to prohibit U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for construction, installation or operation of ethanol blender pumps or storage facilities. McCain proposed similar legislation earlier this year which was defeated in the Senate by a vote of 59 to 41.

Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol released the following statement after Senator McCain decided to withdraw the amendment from consideration late yesterday.

“Thanks in part to grassroots phone calls, emails and other outreach from ACE members Senator McCain withdrew his amendment to prohibit federal funding for blender pumps. Now we can continue to encourage Congress to focus on forward-thinking energy policy such as promoting more blender pumps, Flexible Fuel Vehicles, and consumer fuel choice,” Jennings said.

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is the grassroots voice of the U.S. ethanol industry, a national advocacy association for the ethanol industry with nearly 1,500 members nationwide, including farmers, ethanol producers, commodity organizations, businesses supplying goods and services to the ethanol industry, rural electric cooperatives, and individuals supportive of increased production and use of ethanol. For more information about ethanol or ACE, visit www.ethanol.org or call (605) 334-3381.

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