WASHINGTON, DC – Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey issued the following statement in response to today’s Senate and House action to roll back federal support for corn ethanol:
“GMA applauds today’s overwhelming and bi-partisan support for an amendment offered by Senators Feinstein and Coburn to end wasteful subsidies for corn ethanol. GMA also applauds the resounding vote in the House of Representatives in support of Rep. Flake’s amendment to end federal spending on corn ethanol infrastructure.
“With corn prices at record levels, these votes convincingly show that the tide has turned against using food for fuel and that Americans want responsible energy policy solutions that do not pit our nation’s energy needs against food security for millions of families.
“GMA thanks Senators Feinstein and Coburn and Rep. Flake for their leadership on this critical issue and looks forward to continuing to work with both houses of Congress to enact responsible energy policy solutions.”
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year. For more information, please visit www.gmaonline.org.