Trump scuttles ethanol policy deal, senators say

Trump scuttles ethanol policy deal, senators say
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE has stopped an expected deal to change how the federal government enforces the federal ethanol mandate.

Iowa GOP Sens. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyArchivist rejects Democrats' demand for Kavanaugh documents Kavanaugh recommended against Clinton indictment in 1998: report Russian meddling on social media happens on both the right and left MORE and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstSenators introduce bill to change process to levy national security tariffs Overnight Defense: Pompeo spars with senators at hearing | Trump, Putin meeting won't happen until next year | Pentagon was caught off guard by White House on Syria Andrew Wheeler must reverse damage to American heartland MORE both tweeted the news late Tuesday, and a source familiar with the matter confirmed it.

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The White House was expected this week to unveil a deal that would have, among other measures, counted exported ethanol toward the annual volume mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard, effectively decreasing the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation’s gasoline.

Trump “helped farmers by rejecting bad ethanol deal. I appreciate. GREAT NEWS,” Grassley tweeted.

Ernst tweeted that Trump “just assured me he 'won’t sign a deal that’s bad for farmers!' Thank you, Mr. President!”

Iowa dominates the country's corn production, the feedstock that produces most of the country’s ethanol.

The Trump administration deal would have also removed restrictions on selling gasoline with high ethanol concentrations in the summer, a move supported by ethanol backers.

Grassley and Ernst had spent Tuesday chastising Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Understanding EPA’s fuzzy math White House staff offered discounts at Trump's NJ golf club: report MORE — whose agency is responsible for the ethanol mandate — over the expected agreement.

Ernst said at an event that Pruitt “is about as swampy as you get here in Washington, D.C. … and if the president wants to drain the swamp, he needs to take a look at his own Cabinet.”

She was referring specifically to Pruitt's spending and ethics scandals, but her main anger at Pruitt was over ethanol.

“This is a case where the president is being ill-served by political appointees that aren't carrying out his agenda,” said Grassley.