July 31st, 2010
05:35 PM ET
8 years ago

House votes to remove oil spill liability cap

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed legislation Friday which would lift the current $75 million liability cap for oil spills while imposing new safety standards for offshore drilling.

The Senate has yet to act, however, so the prospects for final oil spill and energy legislation are unclear.

The House measure passed by a vote of 209 to 193.

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  1. W.B

    Don't worry Repulicans it will die in the senate and you will be able to get you oil money.

    July 31, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. JonDie

    Republicans will, no doubt, go all out to stop polluters like BP from paying the full cost. That way Republicans can add the cost of the clean-up to the deficits...and then claim it's all Democrats' fault.

    July 31, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Greg

    Oh oh, Rand Paul ain't going to be happy. How dare this country make big corporation responsible.

    July 31, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Hugo

    Too little, too late.

    July 31, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. Hugo

    Sniffit July 31st, 2010 12:50 pm ET

    BTW Quick quiz:

    What president has, now, with 2Q 2010 figures released, saved this country by helping direct it to FOUR CONSECUTIVE quarters of GDP growth?

    Thank you Mr. President for ending Bush's recession!

    It's a shame that Fox News and GOPCNN keep wanting us to think a recession is going on in order to hurt you!
    Quick response to quick quiz:
    What President has increased the National deficit to 95% of GDP?

    July 31, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. George of the jungle

    the only ones voteing against this are the repos. Wonder why??? Money Money Money Hey we have convicted killers loose in Arizona. Maybe they should worry about their prisons insteasd of just their boarders.

    July 31, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. BeverlyNC

    Thank goodness the Democrats again stood up for the best interests of our country against Big Oil who obviously cannot be trusted on all level.

    July 31, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. Don Wuerl

    The house is on the right track; any person, company, or entity should ever put profits before safety, people, and the environment. The penalties should be severe enough to make guilty parties not want to create destruction and death.

    July 31, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    The senate republicans will want to amend it, stall it, and then vote NO.

    They are NOT earning the money they are being paid.

    They do NOT deserve the money. Some (Ensign and Vitter especially) just spend it on their mistresses or call girls.

    July 31, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. thor

    I don't necessaryily oppose this legislation.However,these people in Congress must be a bunch of fools to believe that any corporation is going to write whatever losse they incur on the taxes the pay and in the end their damage will be offset by the money that they save by doing this. So most of this is no more than political coverage for them.

    July 31, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. diridi

    pass the needed legislation, Energy and climate Reform....okay, do not delay,....nation needs this desperately..also, immigration reform....America needs these two...forthwith..

    July 31, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. George of the jungle

    Let's keep all the mexicans and kick out the republicans. Unless you are a mexican republican . We would take pitty on you and send you to rehab. Most repos shouldn't be here anyway they never did take part in out educational system. They still can't spell the presidents name correctly. Obummer, obamy Obozo. See they are really stupid. Maybe we could send them and the tea baggers to some country in Africa. How great would that be? They could have a sing along, the lion sleeps tonight ,led by ol palin. with rush and hannity doing the wem away chores.

    July 31, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. La Piovra

    Watch Republican senators filibuster this into the ground, too.

    July 31, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. DENNA

    If the Rethugs and Blue Dogs get off their tushes, this bill will pass the Senate too. The oil companies must be shown that they need to have effective ways to conduct their legitimate businesses. They need to pay enough to know that they cannot get away with fouling the coastlines of America.

    July 31, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Let me guess how many of those 193 were Republicans....

    July 31, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. ed fl

    Maxine is the female Charlie Rangel, she has been in the house a ton of years and like Charlie she knows something about everybody and like Rangel will use it to ensure that the committee goes as easy as possible on her like they did against Rangel He is going to get what he wants and the same will happen to Waters. The committee is playing with professional Trouble evaders. They will both more than likely get re-elected.

    July 31, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. they call me "tater salad"

    When Big Oil rakes in multi-billions of dollars in QUARTERLY profits and next to nothing goes to oil spill response and clean-up technology or the ever popular right-wing talking point, "job creation" then they should be penalized accordingly depending on the severity of the crime 75 million is a joke! That's equal to one senior executives or CEOs Christmas bonus! If you want to send a message or teach them a lesson you've got to hit 'em where it hurts or otherwise stay home and don't waste every one's time trying to give the appearance of doing something when what you're doing isn't really doing JACK SQUAT!!!......75 million.........HA!.........Give me a break!!!!

    July 31, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. scary Obama

    Hmmmm. The government is getting scary. They are taking away rules to protect individuals and companies and replacing them with new and unneeded rules.... "unneeded" because there are already laws and regulations on the books... some that weren't followed:

    Had BP followed CURRENT regulations, this would not have happened. Had Democrats not forced (through laws/regulations) banks to make bad loans and then send them to dishonest people at Fanny and Freddie (Franklin Raines was breaking the law) we wouldn't be in the mess we are in.

    Obama has used every 'crisis' to limit individual freedom and expand government. If you thought Bush was becoming a dictator, then you should be freaked out by the Obama administration.

    July 31, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. Mesa Mick

    Since the fate of this bill is now in the hands of the Senate, predicting it's future is simple.

    The obstructionists of the GOP will do their very best to water it down and the dems will toss their salad and give 'em all kinds of reach-arounds in the process to get their votes.

    Then, the rethuglicants will just not vote for the bill and kill it. Not because it's good for America – can't have that now can we – but more importantly they don't want to hand a "win" to the Obama administration.

    Same s89t – Different day...

    July 31, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is about time. I don't understand why it wasn't done sooner. I hope there is something in there about paying for clean up as well. They should have to clean up every drop of oil until scientists, fisherman and the engineers say there can't be any more picked up reasonably and there is little effect on the habitat.

    July 31, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    I would be willing to bet everything I own, that the Republican Senators won't even let this bill hit the floor. For God's sakes it would mean that companies would have to be accountable for their messes and we can't have that, now can we?

    July 31, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. Ron

    Which 193 scumbags voted to have US pay for BP's greed?!! They are the ones who need to find a new job come Nov. Oh, but wait. Unemployment isn't an issue for them because they get to retire at full pay. Don't believe me? Ask them. They voted to set themselves up with that good deal just in case we fired them for not doing their jobs.

    I say put their retirement package before the people for a vote!

    July 31, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. Ron

    Time to cut the deficit, right republicans/independents? Let's start with that crazy congressional retirement plan!

    July 31, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  24. vwrtb

    Economics 101 you would learn about the degenerate value of the dollar... Example if a millionaire gets a 350 dollar speeding ticket ... Big deal... If a walmart employee gets the same 350 dollar ticket they are not eating for a week... That's why the rich have the responsibility to pay more taxes and help their neighbors! Ignorant repugs!

    July 31, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |