U.S. Senate backs funding for ethanol blender pumps

Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:00pm GMT

WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted 59-41 on Thursday against a proposal that would have blocked federal funds to help pay for ethanol blender pumps and storage tanks at gasoline stations.

The Senate vote comes after the House of Representatives voted earlier in the day to prohibit the Agriculture Department from underwriting ethanol blender pumps and storage facilities.

(Reporting by Tom Doggett)

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