Campaign 2010

May 18, 2011

Robert Hurt Falsely Claims To Be “Working for Relief At The Pump,” But Voted to Protect Big Oil

Representative Robert Hurt (VA-05) recently wrote an opinion piece in the Danville Register and Bee claiming he is “Working for Relief at the Gas Pump.”

 

In reality, Robert Hurt has twice voted to protect taxpayer giveaways to Big Oil companies making record profits. The Big Five Oil companies reported that their profits increased by 38 percent, while middle income families are feeling the squeeze at the gas pump. ExxonMobil reported profits of nearly $11 billion in the first quarter of 2011, a 69-percent increase. Shell reported profits of $7 billion. ConocoPhillips reported profits of $3 billion, Chevron $6.2 billion, and BP $5.5 billion. Hurt also fails to mention that he has received $24,000 in contributions from the oil and gas industry.

 

FACT CHECK

 

Robert Hurt Voted to Protect Taxpayer Giveaways to Big Oil companies

 

  • In March 2011, Robert Hurt voted for bypassing consideration of the Big Oil Welfare Repeal Act of 2011, which would repeal key taxpayer funded subsidies for oil and gas companies. As reported by The Hill newspaper, “House Democrats intend to force a vote on a measure that would eliminate a key oil industry tax break when Republicans bring a bill to expand domestic oil and-gas drilling to the floor Thursday.” [H Res 245, Vote #293, 5/5/11; The Hill, 5/4/11; see also: CBS News, 5/4/11]

 

  • In March 2011, Robert Hurt voted against “a motion to recommit the joint resolution to the Appropriations Committee with instructions that it be reported back immediately with an amendment that would prohibit any major integrated oil company from being eligible for any tax benefit or relief under related provisions of the tax code.” [HJRes 44, Vote #153, 3/1/11; CQ Floor Votes]

 

Big Oil Profits Up 38 Percent. “Americans spent 28 percent more for gasoline during the first three months of 2011 than the same period in 2010. Meanwhile, the big five oil companies—BP, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell—made 38 percent more profit.” [Center for American Progress, 5/3/11]

 

  • ExxonMobil reported profits of nearly $11 billion in the first quarter of 2011, a 69 percent increase. Shell reported profits of $6.3 billion, ConocoPhillips reported profits of $3 billion, Chevron reported $6.2 billion, and BP reported $5.48 billion. [Center for American Progress, 5/3/11; ABC News, 4/28/11; San Francisco Chronicle, 4/30/11]

 

Robert Hurt Received $24,000 From the Oil and Gas Industry. Robert Hurt has received $24,000 From the Oil and Gas industry. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 5/16/11]

 

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