Grassley, Midwestern Senators Meet with EPA Administrator Pruitt
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, along with several other senators from biofuels producing states, met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt today for an hour in Grassley’s office in Washington. Grassley convened the meeting, which came after he earlier discussed the EPA’s about-face on biofuels with President Trump. Grassley made the following comment.
“I’m glad Administrator Pruitt met with me and other senators and heard our concerns. I told Administrator Pruitt that supporting biofuels isn’t just good policy. It’s also what President Trump promised. I reiterated what the President told me personally and what he told Iowans during the campaign, that he’s for biofuels and for a strong RFS. That message seemed to be well-received by Administrator Pruitt. Renewable energies like biofuels are the backbone of so many local economies across the Midwest and key to meeting the country’s energy needs. This is about the President’s keeping his promise to the people and the executive branch’s executing the laws as passed by Congress. It’s Administrator Pruitt’s duty to follow congressional intent and also make good on President Trump’s pledge to support biofuels. I’ll oppose any effort to reduce blending levels or undermine the integrity of the RFS. I’m watching this issue closely and plan to hold the Administration accountable.”
Earlier this week, Grassley and a bipartisan group of 32 other senators urged the EPA to maintain levels for 2018 and increase its proposed 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations for biodiesel. Grassley, along with a bipartisan group of 37 other senators, wrote to Pruitt earlier this month calling for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard. Grassley spoke on the Senate floor about the President’s commitments on the issue following the release of the latest EPA proposal. Before his confirmation, Pruitt committed to following congressional intent, upholding the rule of law and following through on the President’s commitments.