Sen. John Cornyn looking for common ground

Source: By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico • Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018

 GOP Sen. John Cornyn says finding common ground on an overhaul of the RFS is “like trying to come up with peace in the Middle East.” Cornyn has not yet put pen to paper on a bill, though he’s still holding discussions and he hopes to at least introduce a bill this year. “It’s not easy,” he said. “There’s a reason this has been hanging around for a long time. We’re just trying to grind it out day by day.”

Not into octane: Cornyn is not enthusiastic about swapping out the RFS for a national octane standard, a policy that seems to have taken center stage in talks led by Rep. John Shimkus. The octane standard has some backing from both oil and ethanol interests, but support will depend on the details of the plan. “No decision is made on our side,” he said. “I’m not sure we need another government mandate when we’re trying to get rid of one, so that’s a concern.”