Angry over opposition to the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act, a bill that would demand increased financial responsibility from oil companies in cases like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Senator Patty Murray says passing the measure is simple justice.
"If an oil company causes a spill, they should be the one to pay to clean it up. Not the taxpayers."
The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Murray, would raise a company's liability cap for offshore oil well spills from $75 million to $10 billion, which Murray sees as common sense.
"If oil companies are going to make billions in profits when times are good, they should not be allowed to leave taxpayers hanging when times are tough."
Murray made it clear that she doesn't want clean-up costs passed on to the taxpayers.
"Who should bear the burden for big oil's mistakers? Should it be the taxpayers, families and small business owners who are already being asked to bear so much today or should it be BP, the company that is responsible for this bill and that made $6.1 billion in profits in the first three months of this year alone?"
- KIRO Radio