WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison wants
to freeze the amount of ethanol produced from corn.
The senior senator from Texas filed a bill that would keep
production of corn-based ethanol at this year's level of 9 billion
gallons. A law passed last year requires that amount increase
annually reaching 15 billion in 2015 and 36 billion by 2022.
Hutchison says the requirement is a big reason for this year's
rising food prices. Senator John Cornyn of Texas and Republican
presidential nominee John McCain are co-sponsors.
Texas Governor Rick Perry had asked the federal government last
month to cut the production mandate by 50 percent.
There has been opposition from corn-producing states and the
Bush administration. Some experts believe its unlikely Congress
would reduce ethanol production requirements in an election year.
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