Yesterday the Senate rejected an amendment by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to eliminate big oil and gas company tax loopholes, and to use the resulting increase in revenues to reduce the deficit and to invest in energy efficiency and conservation.Sam Brownback backed Big Oil while Pat Roberts was a no show on the vote.
The Senate also rejected an amendment from Louisiana's Republican Senator David Vitter, whose stated intent ensure that any new revenues to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund will be used for the purposes of the fund and not used as a budget gimmick to offset deficit spending. Sam Brownback voted for this amendment while Pat Roberts was AWOL.
The Senate did pass an amendment to H.R. 4213 by Minnesota's Democratic Senator Al Franken. That measure creates an office of Homeowner Advocate in the Treasury Department to assist homeowners with foreclosure issues.