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Coburn Plan to End Ethanol Credit Tests No-Tax-Increase Pledge

Senator Tom Coburn is trying to challenge the proposition that all tax breaks are created equal.

The effort by the Oklahoma Republican to end a tax credit for ethanol places him in conflict with farm-state senators who want to keep the tax incentive. It also puts him at odds with tax-cut advocates in the Republican Party, who argue that eliminating the tax break would result in an unacceptable tax increase. The proposal could reach the Senate floor this week.