Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Senate Defeats Coburn Amendament To End Ethanol Tax Incentive

The US Senate today voted down, by a margin of 59 to 40, the Amendment by Senator Coburn that would have ended the ethanol tax incentive known as the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Incentive (VEETC).

In order to pass, the amendment needed 60 votes.

The tax incentive, paid to blenders of the ethanol, was established to build the infrastructure required to add this important transportation fuel into this country's fuel supply.

In addition, the amendment would have eliminated the trade tariff on foreign imports of ethanol.

VEETC was already set to expire at the end of this year.

Ethanol supporters have been working on alternatives to the existing credit and Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) recently introduced the Ethanol Reform and Deficit Reduction Act legislation to create a variable credit when oil prices are low and to redirect efforts to build additional flex fuel pumps and vehicles.


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1 comment:

Joseph said...

I really hope that it will help improve industries affected by the VEETC. Thanks a lot for sharing that information.

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