Senators to Obama: Leave Oil Subsidies Alone!

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On Thursday, a handful of Senators wrote a letter to President Obama that stated, “as you continue your negotiations, we urge you to remember the oil and gas industry is part of the solution.” Or, in other words, don’t single out big oil companies and their taxpayer subsidies as a way to reduce the deficit.

These nine Senators—six Republicans and three Democrats—have received $7.1 million in oil and gas industry cash during their career in Congress, according to our analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

In fact, Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) are the top two and three recipients, respectively, of oil and gas money in Congress. Only Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), boosted by a presidential bid, has received more.


Career Oil and Gas Money

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)


Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)


Sen. David Vitter (R-La.)


Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)


Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)


Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)


Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)


Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)


Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)




Ending oil subsidies didn’t make it into the tentative default deal reached over the weekend, but as Congress looks to create a commission to enact further deficit reduction measures, it’ll be important to watch what influence Big Oil and other industries will exert on the process.