Vitter Offers Proposal to Expedite BP Liability Claims

May 27, 2010

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter yesterday introduced legislation with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski that would waive the $75 million cap on BP’s liability for economic damages from the Gulf oil spill and expedite the claims process for the Deepwater Horizon incident.

“We need to deal with the current spill first before we begin the debate on how to address future oil spills,” said Vitter. “As heavy oil continues to impact our beaches and marsh in Louisiana, we need to solve this current ongoing problem and provide more immediate relief to Louisianians affected in the Gulf.

Vitter’s bill accepts BP’s official communications and congressional testimonies offering to pay all legitimate claims far beyond the $75 million cap into the law as a contract offer and finalizes that agreement in law. Vitter tried to pass the measure by unanimous consent on the U.S. Senate floor, but the legislation was blocked by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)

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