Menendez, Boehner Comments On Oil Company Liability 'Tell Us All We Need To Know About Who Republicans Stand With'

Menendez, Boehner Comments On Oil Company Liability 'Tell Us All We Need To Know About Who Republicans Stand With'

House Minority Leader today agreed with Chamber of Commerce that taxpayers need to pay for BP’s spill

Washington - Today, House Minority Leader John Boehner was asked if he agreed with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's CEO, who said, "We are going to have to get the money from the government and from the companies" to pay for BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Boehner responded, "I think the people responsible in the oil spill - BP and the federal government - should take full responsibility for what's happening there." In a follow-up statement to a reporter, Boehner's office avoided the issue of whether BP should pay for all economic damages from the spill, stating merely that BP is responsible for "the costs of the cleanup" - which is already required by law.

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is the author of the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act, which would implement unlimited liability for oil companies that spill and cause economic damage. He released the following statement:

"At the same time Senate Republicans were angling to protect Big Oil from vehicle fuel efficiency standards, the leader of the House Republicans was angling to protect BP from paying for the economic damage it is causing. This tells us all we need to know about who Republicans stand with. They don't stand with the taxpayers, who they would have pay for the economic damage from oil spills. Instead, they stand with oil companies who want all the profits from drilling, but want taxpayers to pay for spills. The surest way to protect the taxpayers, coastal families and coastal small businesses is to ensure that oil companies that spill are fully accountable for the economic damage they cause. We need to pass the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act now."

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