Biobased and Renewable Products News: Capitol Hill

May 2, 2013
Leaders Announce Plans To Consider Farm Bill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) stated publicly that he would like the full Senate to consider a Farm Bill this month after the Senate Agriculture Committee marks up and passes its version of the legislation. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has reportedly stated that she plans to schedule a mark-up of her Committee's version of the next Farm Bill sometime this month. Biofuel and renewable chemical supporters are working hard to ensure that this year's version of the next five-year Farm Bill will include a strong energy title that helps ... read more >
May 2, 2013
McCarthy’s Nomination Hits Roadblocks
Senate Republicans are increasing their opposition to President Obama's pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy. Last month, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee member Jeff Sessions (R-LA) stated publicly that he expected the nomination to pass the Committee and the full Senate. Since that time, eight Republican members of the Committee have requested that Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) delay a Committee vote on the nomination scheduled for May 8 until McCarthy responds to their requests for new EPA transparency measures. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) ... read more >
April 25, 2013
U.S. House Energy And Commerce Committee Releases Second RFS White Paper And Comment Request
On April 18, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Committee issued the second in an expected series of white papers issued by the Committee to "[set] out a number of emerging issues with the RFS." The topic of the first white paper was the blend wall. This second white paper addresses the impacts of the RFS on the agriculture sector, and largely stems out of the "food versus fuel" debate. The paper asks several questions on which the Committee seeks comment by April 29, 2013. One question asks the impact of the RFS on corn prices. In response to the drought last year, ... read more >
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