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Democrats Jump on Oil Subsidies Vote to Attack GOP

March 29, 2012
Our colleague Amy Harder reports:

Senate Democrats lost another bid to repeal tax subsidies for the oil industry on Thursday, but they did accomplish one goal: building a messaging campaign against three Republican senators fighting for reelection this year.

GOP Sens. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Richard Lugar of Indiana--all facing strong primary or general-election challenges--toed the party line by voting against a bill sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., to end subsidies for Big Oil that President Obama estimates are worth more than $4 billion a year. ...

Within minutes of the vote, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee issued a press release blasting two of the vulnerable Republicans for their votes.

"Scott Brown and Dean Heller once again sided with Big Oil companies, doubling down on their long-standing position rewarding oil companies that are making billions while Americans pay higher gas prices at the pump," DSCC spokesman Matt Canter said in the statement.

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