House authorizes year-round E15 sales, but Senate support doubtful

Source: By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA • Posted: Monday, June 20, 2022

 House lawmakers have approved a bill with bipartisan support to authorize year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15), offering a permanent way to bypass a federal appeals court ruling blocking summertime sales, but prospects for the measure appear more doubtful in the Senate where supporters must clear a 60-vote bar to succeed.
“By expanding the availability of cleaner, more-affordable ethanol blends, this legislation will help deliver immediate economic relief to American families who are feeling unprecedented pain at the pump,” said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper. The House bill, however, may face a steeper hurdle in the Senate, given the regional nature of support for biofuels, and also the opposition of many Republicans to some of the package’s other provisions, notably competition oversight in the meat and poultry industries, sources say.