Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who voted to repeal the subsidy, said the success of the Coburn-Feinstein amendment has less to do with politics and more to do with a growing understanding of the problems with the government’s ethanol policy.
But at a time of extraordinary pressure on the federal budget, it has become problematic to maintain tax breaks on industries perceived to be financially successful, which is the case with ethanol.
“For a long time people have wanted to do this,” Rockefeller said. “It was sort of untouchable because there [were] so many farmers. And now that everybody is suffering, it sort of equals out the landscape, and people say: ‘Well, everybody has to share the pain.’”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.