Ernst works to include ethanol in transportation bill

By Erin Voegele | August 01, 2019

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act on July 30. The bill does not currently address ethanol, but Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a member of the committee, is trying to change that.

The bipartisan, five-year transportation package includes a wide range of provisions, including highway funding and funds to improve road and bridge safety. During the committee’s work on the bill, Ernst raised issue with a charging and fueling infrastructure grant program that unfairly neglects biofuels, such as E15 and E85. Ernst indicated she will work with her colleagues to address this issue before the legislation is considered by the full Senate.

“Every Iowan—from our farmers and manufacturers, to our families and small businesses—relies on our state’s infrastructure day-in and day-out,” Ernst said. “States, like Iowa, need certainty to be able to deliver the transportation infrastructure projects that keep our people and economy moving. As a member of the Senate EPW Committee, I’m pleased to help unanimously pass this long-term infrastructure package that includes my key provisions to help modernize our locks and dams, help address mobility challenges in rural areas, and ensure our state gets the support we need. This bipartisan bill also cuts Washington red tape so we can deliver key projects faster and at a lower cost to taxpayers—all while creating more jobs and continuing to boost our booming economy.”

Additional information is available on Ernst’s website