Campaign 2010

Sep 01, 2010

Leading House Republican Again Makes Clear Republicans Defend Oil Industry & Apologize to BP

Leading House Republican Again Makes Clear Republicans Defend Oil Industry & Apologize to British Petroleum

The House Republican agenda to protect big oil became clearer today as another House Republican leader took center stage and demanded easier treatment for the oil industry after the BP disaster. Representative Kevin Brady (Texas), the top House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee and a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, made clear that a Republican majority in the House would follow Representative Joe Barton’s lead and take it easy on oil industry abuses. Representative Barton received bipartisan condemnation for apologizing to British Petroleum earlier in the year.

“Each day that goes by the Republicans make clearer that their agenda is Big Oil’s agenda, not middle class families’ agenda,” said Jesse Ferguson, Southern Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Another Republican has followed Representative Joe “Apology” Barton in demanding everyone stand behind the worst abuses of British Petroleum and oil industry that has caused irreparable damage to the environment and the economy of the Gulf Coast. Only in a group as out of touch with middle class families as the House Republicans would it be acceptable to ask Americans to tone down their outrage at the worst abusers in the oil industry. It’s getting easier and easier to see the choice in this election as Republicans make clear they are the party of Wall Street bankers and Big Oil, standing against the interests of middle class families.

Brady made his endorsement of British Petroleum on the same day that a House Energy and Commerce Committee investigation found they spent $93 million on advertising to boost their image since the Gulf Coast oil spill occurred. [USA Today, 9/1/10]

Background

  • Brady Backs Oil Industry. “President Obama and Democrats in Congress should stop demonizing the oil industry, a senior Republican on economic issues said Wednesday. Representative Kevin Brady (Texas), the top House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee and a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, said he hoped a Republican majority in the House would end the scapegoating of the industry.” [The Hill, 9/1/10]
  • Representative Kevin Brady has received $471,947from the oil and gas industry. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 9/1/10]