AG senators rail against reports of refinery bailout

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2020

Ag champions flew to the defense of the Agriculture Department as Reuters reported Wednesday the possibility that the administration would funnel $300 million of USDA’s budget to small refiners. The money would be intended to help the small refiners after EPA declined to grant them exemptions from back years of Renewable Fuel Standard mandates. “It is outrageous for the Administration to even consider taking away millions from our farmers to bail out Big Oil,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the top Democrat on the Agriculture committee.

She was joined by a spokesperson for Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)who said in a statement, “Why would money meant to support struggling farmers go to Big Oil? It shouldn’t, and lawfully it can’t. This is just Big Oil’s reaction to the ‘gap year’ waivers being denied and an attempt to get a bailout.”