As previously noted, Speaker of the House John Boehner hinted at the possibility of ending the subsidy of Big Oil yesterday, but following those remarks he immediately walked things back and pointed his finger at President Obama for “doing nothing.”
House Minority Leader, and previous Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, is now calling on Mister Boehner to put his money where his mouth is and bring a vote to the floor to end the subsidy of Big Oil.
WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pressed Speaker John Boehner to call for a vote on stripping tax breaks for oil companies, after the Ohio Republican signaled openness to the idea.
“House Democrats have long advocated eliminating outdated and costly taxpayer subsidies that provide billions of dollars to highly profitable oil companies,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to the Speaker sent Tuesday night. “I am writing to request that you schedule a vote on ending these tax breaks on the House floor upon our return to Washington next week.”
Now Mister Boehner can either bring a vote to the floor and look like a fool to his own party, or refuse to bring a vote to the floor and look like a fool to the rest of the country. The ball is in his court.