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.’”