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Friday, June 17, 2011

Rep. Noem defends ethanol pumps from Republican budget cuts

The ethanol industry has been one of the biggest boons to South Dakota's economy.

The Senate has already voted to cut ethanol subsidies.  When further cuts were proposed  on the House floor, Kristi Noem rose in opposition.  Here is The New York Times version of her stance:  

In a series of amendments, the House floor was often divided less by party than by regional interests. Some Republican measures that would curb ethanol support or make other cuts to agriculture programs were denounced by other Republicans, even those who advocate cuts in spending.

For instance, Representative Kristi Noem, Republican of South Dakota, who is among the very fiscally conservative freshmen, rose in opposition to a proposal from Representative Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, that would have cut subsidies for ethanol pumps. “Agriculture has been significantly cut,” Ms. Noem said.

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