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The damages from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are massive. But taxpayers, not oil companies, will be stuck with most of the bill.

That's because after Exxon Valdez, Congress passed a law limiting the oil industry's liability for oil spill damages to a paltry $75 million. That limit should be repealed.

Senate Democrats like Robert Menendez are pushing legislation that will make sure that the oil companies pay more of their fair share of the damages from the Gulf oil spill, but allies of Big Oil so far have blocked it from even coming to a vote.

To learn more about this issue, check out the press release from the sponsors of the "Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act" or these stories in The Washington Post or National Public Radio.

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