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Senate fails to halt ethanol tax breaks

By Misty - Posted on 14 June 2011

Sen. Tom Coburn amendment to stop $6 billion annually in ethanol subsidies fails test vote 40-59.

Here's the Roll Call vote:

Republicans voting NAY:

Blunt (R-MO)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lugar (R-IN)
Moran (R-KS)
Portman (R-OH)
Roberts (R-KS)
Thune (R-SD)
Wicker (R-MS)

"We don't want to cut our way out of a job opportunity," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, defending biofuels in a speech at the National Press Club. He said the ethanol industry created thousands of rural jobs and boosted farm income.

Ethanol producers slammed Coburn's proposal, saying it would raise gasoline prices and make the United States more dependent on oil imports.

The industry cites a report from the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, an Iowa State University research group, that found ethanol reduced the price of gasoline by 89 cents a gallon last year.

Arg! I don't like Coburn much, but in this at least I agree with him!

Not saying that I want to end ALL biofuel subsidies, but ethanol is a failure and subsidies should be eliminated.

(Along with many other farm subsidies, but that's another story.) 

Tom Coburn is quickly becoming the only Republican I have any respect for. He's the only Senator on our side who actually believes what he says.

There are lots of Republicans and Senators who believe what they say. Coburn is NOT on our side (except maybe in this one case). He is very much in the Ron Paul side of things of throwing out babies with bathwater.

I have respect for his integrity, but for little else. 

John is still speaking as a Republican while I think most people here are lapsed Republicans (refusing to endorse the party on its current path), Independents, or even Democrats.
Thanks, Minn! Hoping to never become a lapsed Republican, but they don't make it easy.

Coburn has also been standing up to the rediculousness of Grover Norquist, only recently leaving the gang of six. He seems able to deal with some upward adjustment in revenue, if it can lower the deficit.

I woud actually put Ron Paul in his own category-- with his son and maybe a handful of others.

I think most of the hard right says and does anything that will help the rich-- they just change their reasoning depending on the poltical and economic climate. 

Sorry -- I still consider myself a Repblican too, even though I re-registered as "non-affiliated". Coburn is too much in the "no" camp for me to like him. He says "no" to things which should be said "yes" to too often as well.  Same with Paul.

People of the ilk of Coburn and Paul are a big reason for the downfall of the Republican party. They should just leave the GOP and join their friends, the Libertarians. These men are NOT moderates by any definition of the word.

Yes, I know, politics makes for strange bedfellows though. 

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