Reps Question Lack of Biofuels in Budget

Source: By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired • Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2022

Representatives from Iowa questioned Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young Tuesday on the lack of biofuels in the $6 trillion White House budget unveiled this week.

Reps. Randy Feenstra (R-IA) and Ashley Hinson (R-IA) both pressed Young on why there was no mention of biofuels in the budget. “I believe EPA will have more details when they talk about their biofuels work,” Young responded to Feenstra, adding that President Biden has released 60 million barrels of oil from the strategic reserve to deal with high gas prices.

Rep. Hinson gave Young a second chance to answer the question. “On the campaign trail, the President came to Iowa, and looked Iowans in the eye and said they could count on him for a new era of biofuels,” said Hinson. “So, why is it not in this budget?”

“This budget starts October 1 and many of the inflationary increases we’re seeing in gas have to do with the Russian-Ukraine situation, we have to deal with that fluid situation before this budget takes effect,” said Young. “We’ll also be looking at other things to bring down costs for Americans.”

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