Senator Jon Tester voted to cut $5.5 billion dollars in yearly government spending, today. The Senate overwhelmingly approved a plan to end tax handouts to major corn ethanol producers. The legislation specifically targets corn-based ethanol production, and will not impact Montana’s biofuel producers. Following the vote, Tester called on the House of Representatives to follow the Senate’s lead and cut the corn ethanol subsidies.

Tester, the Senate’s only active farmer, stressed the need to focus on more efficient biofuels- which do not compete with the nation’s food supply. Senator Tester has led efforts to promote camelina as a biofuel source—a crop that grows easily in Montana.