2011 Scorecard Vote
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) sponsored this amendment to S. 782, the Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011, to repeal wasteful incentives for the ethanol industry, including a tax subsidy for oil companies that blend ethanol into conventional gasoline and an ethanol import tariff. Conventional corn ethanol has far-reaching negative environmental impacts, including water pollution, global warming pollution, and habitat destruction, and is already mandated by the Renewable Fuel Standard. On June 16, the Senate adopted the Feinstein-Coburn amendment by a vote of 73-27 (Senate roll call vote 90). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The ethanol tax subsidy and import tariff expired at the end of 2011 and were not renewed by Congress.