Congressman Andy Biggs Introduces the FUEL Reform Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Biggs introduced the Farewell to Unnecessary Energy Lifelines (FUEL) Reform Act, which eliminates the following energy subsidies in title IX of the farm bill:
- Biobased Markets Program;
- Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program;
- Repowering Assistance Program;
- Biorefinery Program for Advanced Biofuels;
- Biodiesel Fuel Education Program;
- Rural Energy for America Program;
- Biomass Research and Development Initiative;
- Feedstock Flexibility Program for Bioenergy Producers;
- Biomass Crop Assistance Program; and
- Community Wood Energy Program.
Collectively, eliminating these programs could save the American taxpayer more than a billion dollars over five years. Congressman Biggs issued the following statement:
“The biofuels subsidies in the farm bill don’t benefit the market; instead, they pervert it. If biofuels succeed, it should be based on their benefit to our nation’s energy economy, not because they have received taxpayer-funded handouts. I’ve introduced this bill to end this wasteful D.C. giveaway once and for all.”
Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Sun Lakes, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees, and is the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He lives with his wife Cindy in Gilbert.