Washington, DC— Jim Manley, spokesman for Nevada Senator Harry Reid, released the following statement today regarding the Murkowski resolution of disapproval, which amounts to a Republican giveaway to big oil companies:
“Even with thousands of barrels of oil still gushing into the Gulf, Republicans are trying to hand a $47 billion giveaway to big oil companies later this week.
“This giveaway, otherwise known as the Murkowski disapproval resolution, is backed by oil company lobbyists because it would increase the nation’s consumption of oil by at least 455 million barrels, and probably waste several billion more. This latest attempt by Republicans to protect big oil companies comes after they repeatedly blocked Democrats’ attempts to hold BP fully accountable for its negligence by increasing the grossly insufficient $75 million oil spill liability cap.
“With Republicans standing up for Wall Street, health insurance companies and now big oil companies, this begs the question – is there any special interest Republicans will not protect?”