One Country Project May 31, 2019

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May 31, 2019

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One Country Statement on President Trump’s Year-Round Sales Announcement for Gasoline with 15% Ethanol

Just Another Soon-to-Be Broken Promise from the President

Washington, D.C. – Tessa Gould, Executive Director of the One Country Project issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced his commitment to year-round E15 sales Friday.

“President Trump made the promise for year-round sales for E15 years ago during his campaign, and he says this effort will help rural Americans. But as usual, the President says one thing and does another – whether it’s handing out waivers for oil companies so they don’t have to adhere to year-round E15, engaging in a trade war that hurts farmers and manufacturers alike or cutting a rural Job Corps program, this President is all hat and no cattle. And it’s time that we started calling him out on his failures and broken promises.”

Background: President Trump’s Failures In The Heartland

  • President Trump claims to support a strong renewable fuel standard, but by giving “hardship” waivers to oil giants like Exxon-Mobil and Chevron he’s selling out farmers to big oil companies by cutting demand for biofuel crops. [Humeyra Pamuk & Chris Prentice, CNBC, 12/19/18]
  • President Trump insists that his trade war will help American farmers, but farmers are unable to pay their loans this year at increasingly high rates. [Jason Lange, Reuters, 05/29/19]
  • The President’s increased tariff rate of 25 percent on certain Chinese goods will increase taxes, kill markets, and puts manufacturers at risk of losing 400,000 jobs. [John Harney, Bloomberg, 05/10/19]
  • China, the world’s largest purchaser of soybeans, has put all purchases from American farmers on hold. [Bloomberg, 05/30/19]
  • He promised rural America jobs, but is ending a rural Job Corps program that will lay off about 1,000 employees, the largest number of federal job cuts in a decade. [Lisa Rein, The Washington Post, 05/24/19]

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About One Country Project  

The One Country Project, led by former Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, is working to promote greater opportunities for rural communities and ensure leaders earn their support. One Country is reengaging with rural Americans, serving as a clearinghouse of research and information for rural Americans, and working to ensure leaders regain trust by fighting for these communities. To learn more, visit the website, OneCountryProject.org. 

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