For Immediate Release


Michael Briggs or Will Wiquist (202) 224-5141

Senator Bernie Sanders

Sanders Amendment Would End Big Oil Tax Breaks

WASHINGTON - Sen. Bernie Sanders
(I-Vt.) today urged the Senate to repeal
$35 billion in oil and gas industry tax breaks.  

a letter to colleagues, Sanders made the case for his amendment to a
tax bill
now before the Senate. The same loopholes were targeted for
elimination by
President Obama in his proposed budget for next year.

the last decade, the five largest oil companies (Exxon Mobil, Chevron,
ConocoPhillips, BP and Shell) made more than $750 billion in profits. 
profitable companies simply don't deserve tax relief,” Sanders said in
a letter to other senators. “With a record-breaking $13 trillion
national debt and an unsustainable federal deficit, the last thing we
be doing is giving tax breaks to oil and gas companies that have been
enormous profits.”

Sanders amendment would devote $25 billion of the savings to deficit
reduction. The remaining $10 billion would fund an Energy Efficiency
Block Grant Program, a Sanders proposal created by the 2007 energy
bill. “The
energy-efficiency investments would lead to the creation of at least
jobs and would reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Sanders said.

amendment is cosponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Sheldon
Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).
supporting the amendment include the League of Conservation Voters,
Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, MoveOn.Org, Union of Concerned
Public Citizen, Physicians for Social Responsibility and others.

is beyond comprehension that, according to reports, Exxon Mobil, the
profitable corporation in the world, not only paid no U.S. taxes last
but also received a $156 million tax refund,” Sanders said. Other
that took advantage of tax loopholes in 2009, according to reports on
file at
the Securities and Exchange Commission, include Chevron, which
received a $19
million tax refund; and Valero Energy, which received a $157 million
from the
IRS. Independent oil and gas companies which made a combined $3.7
billion in
profits in the first quarter of 2010 and $25.7 billion in revenue also
received generous tax breaks from the IRS. 

amendment is a win for deficit reduction.  It is a win for job
creation.  It
is a win for the environment.  And, it is a win for consumers who will
money on their energy bills because they will be consuming less
Sanders said.


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