Ethanol, More on the GOP Debate and Open Phones06/15/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up some listener comments about yesterday's program. Then we'll hear a controversial comment about Muslims made by Newt Gingrich in Monday night's presidential candidates debate. And we'll talk with US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Today the Washington Post reported: "A majority of Senate Republicans appeared to break Tuesday with two decades of GOP orthodoxy against higher taxes, voting to advance a plan to abruptly cancel billions of dollars in annual tax credits for ethanol blenders.
The measure, offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), fell short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster threat. But it had the support of 34 of 47 Republicans, most of whom have signed an anti-tax pledge that specifically prohibits raising taxes by any means but economic growth.
Coburn has argued forcefully that Republicans must abandon that pledge if they are serious about tackling the spiraling national debt. Though the Senate turned back his measure, he said the vote nonetheless marks the beginning of the end of GOP tolerance for wasteful giveaways through the tax code."
We're joined by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack who is a supporter of ethanol.