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Grassley, others support pro-ethanol legislation

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has joined fellow members of the Senate Agriculture Committee Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minneota) to reintroduce the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act.

The legislation would allow the year-round, nationwide sale of ethanol blends higher than 10% — ending years of regulatory uncertainty and preventing a patchwork of uneven state regulations. Increasing the availability of biofuels like E15 would benefit the economy and the environment.

Among the legislation’s multiple co-sponsors are Republican Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Democratic Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota. Reps. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) and Angie Craig (D-Minn.) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

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