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UPDATE 1-Trump to meet U.S. senators to discuss renewable fuels program

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WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas
will lead a delegation of lawmakers in a meeting with President
Donald Trump on Thursday to argue for changes to the nation's
biofuels policy, which they say threatens oil refining jobs.

The meeting comes after the Environmental Protection Agency
last month announced a slight increase in the amount of biofuels
that refining companies are required to blend into the nation's
fuel under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), bowing to the
demands of ethanol makers and their supporters.

Refiners oppose the RFS because they say it cuts into their
market for petroleum-based fuels and costs them hundreds of
millions of dollars a year in blending expenses.

"(President Trump) will listen to the concerns of senators
who represent these workers, with the hope of finding common
ground on both sides of this debate in order to achieve energy
independence, provide affordable energy for consumers, create
jobs and economic opportunity," said Lindsay Walters, a White
House spokeswoman.

The meeting will include EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt,
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Energy Secretary Rick Perry
and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, the White
House said.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing
by Frances Kerry and Jeffrey Benkoe)

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