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Budzinski makes case for Next Generation Fuels ActBudzinski makes case for Next Generation Fuels Act

Bipartisan lawmakers are optimistic about bill’s chances in the House and Senate.

Joshua Baethge

September 6, 2023

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In March, Rep. Nikki Budzinski, D- Ill., joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate introducing a bill known as the Next Generation Fuels Act. The legislation would phase in higher gasoline octane levels by increasing the use of ethanol. Supporters say it would also reduce gas prices for consumers.

Following a Wednesday biofuels discussion at the Farm Progress Show, Budzinski spoke with Farm Progress policy editor Joshua Baethge about her efforts to pass the bill, and why it is getting support from both political parties.

She says the bill is a “win-win-win” because it helps corn growers, reduces the nation’s carbon footprint, and saves consumers money at the pump. According to her, most of the people she spoke with at the show were overwhelmingly support it.

“People are really excited at the Farm Progress show. I think with just the with the innovative nature of biofuels in particular and how it’s important today,” she says. “But its footprint and its importance is only going to grow into the future as we’re trying to look for climate smart technologies that are going to allow us to reduce our carbon footprint but still support our family farmers, which is so top of mind to me.”

The bill’s bipartisan nature makes her optimistic about its chances of passing this year. She notes multiple Midwestern states are already seeing the benefits the legislation would have.  Now she believes lawmakers just need to go out and tell the story of how the bill will support the American agriculture economy.

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Joshua Baethge

Policy editor, Farm Progress

Joshua Baethge covers a wide range of government issues affecting agriculture. Before joining Farm Progress, he spent 10 years as a news and feature reporter in Texas. During that time, he covered multiple state and local government entities, while also writing about real estate, nightlife, culture and whatever else was the news of the day.

Baethge earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of North Texas. In his free time, he enjoys going to concerts, discovering new restaurants, finding excuses to be outside and traveling as much as possible. He is based in the Dallas area where he lives with his wife and two kids.

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