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Trump scuttles ethanol policy deal, senators say

Trump scuttles ethanol policy deal, senators say
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: 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 GrassleyGOP plays hardball in race to confirm Trump's court picks Trump officials ratchet up drug pricing fight Dems angered by GOP plan to hold judicial hearings in October MORE and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstDemocrats won’t let Kavanaugh debate die Overnight Defense: Trump ramps up pressure on Iran, international courts | Arrest made after suspicious letters sent to Trump, Mattis | US to offer NATO cyber capabilities Admiral defends record after coming under investigation in 'Fat Leonard' scandal 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 PruittMcConnell and wife confronted by customers at restaurant EPA puts science ‘transparency’ rule on back burner Tucker Carlson says he 'can't really' dine out anymore because people keep yelling at him 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.