Prioritizing Ethanol

Floor Speech

Date: May 15, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. MILLER-MEEKS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to discuss the importance of prioritizing ethanol as we move toward a cleaner, more renewable energy future.

Today, I am introducing the Fuels Parity Act legislation that would allow ethanol from cornstarch to qualify as an advanced biofuel. Removing legal barriers that limit the use of corn-based ethanol will bolster American energy production and support our agriculture industry, all while lowering emissions.

The Biden administration continues to tout its focus on clean energy, yet routinely leaves ethanol and other biofuels out of the equation. Transitioning to 100 percent electric vehicles is simply not feasible at this point in time. Our energy demands as a Nation are increasing every single day, and our grid cannot support this transition.

Instead of naively pushing for a change without considering the potential side effects, the Biden administration should be promoting all kinds of renewable energy, whether wind and solar to support our power grid, or advanced biofuels to reduce carbon emissions without forcing the purchase of expensive EVs while not having the grid to support them.

My bill is proof that Republicans and Democrats from all different regions are supportive of a cleaner energy future. I am proud to be joined by Representatives Bice, Hunt, Sorensen, and Budzinski, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to prioritize American energy production. National Police Week


Mrs. MILLER-MEEKS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize National Police Week.

Our officers do their job because they are committed to serving and protecting their communities. It is a selfless profession filled with brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect others and keep order in society. They deserve recognition for their tireless efforts, yet are oftentimes met with hatred.

Maintaining public safety is the key to thriving communities and our Nation as a whole. In the last few years, our officers have been constantly attacked and defunded in many major American cities. Progressive district attorneys are contributing to the problem by refusing to prosecute crimes, leaving criminals on the street who are highly likely to re-offend. We have all heard stories far too often about serious crimes committed by people who have been arrested countless times before being let back out on the streets. Unfortunately, this has become the norm in too many cities.

Our law enforcement officers have been left with policies that leave them feeling powerless to do the job they selflessly dedicate their lives to. Whether on the border or in major cities, we need serious bipartisan police reform that holds bad officers accountable and dedicates resources to help good officers do their jobs.

I am grateful for the men and women in law enforcement for their commitment to keeping us safe. I thank them for all they do. Congratulating Thomas Gibson of Iowa City


Mrs. MILLER-MEEKS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Thomas Gibson of Iowa City for winning a Congressional Bronze Medal. I had the pleasure of presenting the award to Thomas last week in front of his friends and family at Iowa City West High School. Thomas is an outstanding young man, deserving of the award given to him to recognize the dedication to service and achievement in our Nation's youth.

In order to earn a Congressional Bronze Medal, participants must set and achieve goals in public service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration. Thomas fulfilled his goals by restoring a native prairie to its original beauty, volunteering at a community garden that gave all of the food to people in need, and becoming a senior patrol leader for his Boy Scout troop, serving as a role model for younger Scouts and learning valuable lessons in leadership.

Thomas is also a member of Iowa City West's most advanced jazz band and spends his free time working at a local ice cream shop. His peers speak very highly of him and recognize him as a valuable member of the community.

Madam Speaker, I wish Thomas the very best of luck as he continues to be a leader and role model in the community. He represents the very best of Iowa and the rest of the country. Congratulating Hailey Whitters of Shueyville, Iowa


Mrs. MILLER-MEEKS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Hailey Whitters of Shueyville, Iowa, for being named the Academy of Country Music Awards' New Female Artist of the Year.

Hailey had a farm-town upbringing before moving to Nashville to pursue a career in music. She spent the next 10 years honing her craft and finding her true voice before her breakout album ``The Dream'' caught national attention and The Washington Post called it 2020's ``deepest country album.''

Hailey's next album titled ``Raised'' drew inspiration from her upbringing in Iowa and focused on her childhood adventures in Shueyville. This album introduced the world to her own, unique brand of Iowa country music. Her song ``A Beautiful Noise'' was a 2022 Grammy nominee for Song of the Year, and she solidified her spot in the country music scene with her Academy of Country Music Awards' New Female Artist of the Year title earlier this month.

Hailey's success is a testament to her hard work and dedication to her craft. I wish her the best of luck as she goes on tour to showcase the new album. I know she will continue to make the people of Shueyville and Iowa proud. World Beer Cup


Mrs. MILLER-MEEKS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize Backpocket Brewing Company from Coralville, Iowa, for winning first place for their Pumpkin Ale at the 2023 World Beer Cup. They have set the bar for excellent beers worldwide. They already had a gold coin. Now they have a gold medal.

When I first put together my draft remarks, I knew any praise I heaped on Backpocket would pale in comparison to their actual accomplishments. So I will let their beer speak for itself and simply say: congratulations.

I also encourage all the breweries who won silver or amber: Do not be sour. You were stout competitors.