Democrats Target Oil and Other Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Yesterday, a group of 14 Senate Democrats sent a letter to the Super Committee, urging them to eliminate oil subsidies for the top five oil companies. The basis for this recommendation is the "Closing Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act," which failed to pass the Senate back in May. According to the letter, that bill would save $21 billion over ten years.
This letter is similar, albeit smaller in scope, to one that 38 House Democrats sent last Friday. That letter called for eliminating all fossil fuel subsidies, including "last in, first out" (LIFO) accounting, a method of accounting for inventory that President Obama has targeted for elimination. In total, adopting these recommendations would save more than the Senate proposal: $122 billion.
These two letters bring the total number of recommendations to the Super Committee to 31. As the Senate letter shows, submissions from Members of Congress are still coming in, even after the October 14 Congressional committee deadline has passed. We'll be sure to keep updating our table.