The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association(NCBA) stands with 156 U.S. Representatives and 26 U.S. Senators in their quest to bring commonsense to Washington, D.C., and relief to rural America by encouraging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to implement a waiver to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Last week, more than 150 representatives signed a letter to Administrator Jackson and on Aug. 7, 2012, nearly 30 senators did the same. The letters went to Administrator Jackson because EPA was granted the authority in the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which set the initial RFS, and in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which expanded the fuels standard, to waive the RFS because of severe economic or environmental harm.

In the House, the letter was a bipartisan effort led by Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.); Jim Matheson (D-Utah); Steve Womack (R-Ark.); and Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.).

“The RFS mandate has created a domino effect. Tightening supplies have already driven up the price of corn, and the extreme weather being experienced by much of the nation will only further increase prices.

“I am pleased that my colleagues in the Senate have joined me and 155 other Members of the House of Representatives in urging EPA Administrator Jackson to act now to make a critical reduction in the RFS for 2012,” said Rep. Goodlatte.

“We should not be in a position where we are choosing between fuel and feed for our livestock.”