ACE members visit DC to meet with lawmakers about ethanol

By American Coalition for Ethanol | March 22, 2017

The American Coalition for Ethanol and over 70 of its grassroots members are in Washington, D.C., as part of the organization’s 9th annual fly-in today and tomorrow.

“This unique event brings together a group of advocates from all walks of life, putting a human face on the ethanol industry to communicate our policy priorities to members of Congress and executive branch decision makers,” said Brian Jennings, ACE executive vice president. “What sets ACE and this event apart is the emphasis we place on using our most persuasive and effective spokespeople for our industry; the people whose everyday life experiences and authenticity illustrate how the decisions made in Washington, D.C., impact their businesses and communities.”

ACE members will have more than 100 meetings with lawmakers representing 35 states to convey the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard, bipartisan legislation to extend Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief to E15 and higher ethanol blends (S. 517 and H.R. 1311), and the biofuels sector to a robust rural economy. Attendees will also hear from Senior White House Advisor to the Department of Commerce Eric Branstad, who played a critical role in President Trump’s successful presidential bid, serving as state director for the campaign in Iowa.

“As this fly-in is taking place during the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, there is no time like the present to ensure our voice is heard on Capitol Hill as Trump begins to prioritize his campaign promises into action,” Jennings said. “Rural America helped deliver President Trump’s victory on Election Day, and our fly-in provides corn farmers and biofuel advocates the opportunity to educate our newly elected office holders about how high-octane ethanol can help jumpstart economic growth in the U.S.”

To restore economic security in rural America, Congress needs to maintain the RFS. The point of obligation is one of the most important remaining tools to help drive higher blends in the RFS, and RVP relief and the RFS are a critical tandem. Shifting the RFS point of obligation away from refiners to downstream parties would put blenders, retailers and consumers at the mercy of refiners.

Other 2017 policy priorities include updating the corn ethanol lifecycle analysis, raising the minimum octane content in gasoline and streamlining the certification fuel petition process, and correcting the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) model.

For more on ACE’s fly-in background materials, click here. ACE will be providing fly-in updates on its social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Follow along using the hashtags #ACE17DC and #PowerByPeople.