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Senate votes to kill ethanol subsidy

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s 73-to-27 vote to wipe out a $5 billion tax credit for U.S. ethanol producers may be largely symbolic. The Senate approved an amendment to end the 45-cent-a-gallon subsidy the government gives refiners and the 54-cent-per-gallon tariff on imported ethanol from Brazil and other countries. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Tom Coburn, ...

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LaForge issues statement on earkmark debate

Cleveland native Bill LaForge, a past national president of the Federal Bar Association, has issued a statement on the topic of earmarks that has become a national issue and rallying cry in the recent national elections. LaForge calls the efforts to eliminate earmarks as “shortsighted”, giving all of the budgeting power to the executive branch. See the complete statement here ...

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Cochran disappointed in jobs bill

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said he is hopeful that the payroll tax holiday incentives included in a Senate jobs bill will help bring down the unemployment rate in Mississippi. Cochran voted for Senate passage of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HR.2847), which was approved on a 70-28 vote. “The jobless rate in Mississippi is increasingly troubling, ...

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