Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) introduced the Rural Economic Farm and Ranch Sustainability and Hunger Act (S. 1658) October 5. While the overall legislation allocates about $40 billion less than the 2008 Farm Bill does, it provides $835 million over the next ten years for the energy titles, with a specific focus on biofuel and energy efficiency programs that are refocused from grants to loans. Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) introduced companion legislation in the House.
The same day, Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced two pieces of legislation that have to do with the renewable fuel standard. The first (H.R. 3097) partially waives the standard when corn inventories are low, and the second (H.R. 3098) repeals RFS2 entirely.
Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY) introduced legislation (H.R. 3122) October 6 to establish procedures to advance the use of cleaner construction equipment on Federal aid highway and public transportation construction projects to make the acquisition and installation of emission control technology an eligible expense in carrying out such projects. The bill makes it easier and more cost-effective to upgrade construction equipment to meet diesel soot emissions standards.