Boehner Rejects Vote on Ending Oil Subsidies

May 3, 2011

After initially saying that Congress "ought" to put oil subsidies on the chopping block, last Thursday House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) refused to hold a vote on eliminating those subsidies.

The issue is dividing the GOP. Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has come out in favor of ending oil subsidies, telling ABC News:

What our budget does is we go after corporate welfare spending, There's corporate welfare spending on energy companies, both green and fossil energy companies. There's corporate welfare on large agri-business. There's corporate welfare on large financial companies. We want to get rid of all that corporate welfare."

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), believes that oil subsidies are "tantamount to unfair 'market manipulation,'" and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), has changed course and says that oil subsidies are "on the table" for review along with other government spending.

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