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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by President Obama on Oil Liability

"I am disappointed that an effort to ensure that oil companies pay fully for disasters they cause has stalled in the United States Senate on a partisan basis.  This maneuver threatens to leave taxpayers, rather than the oil companies, on the hook for future disasters like the BP oil spill.  I urge the Senate Republicans to stop playing special interest politics and join in a bipartisan effort to protect taxpayers and demand accountability from the oil companies.”