A separate measure was introduced in the House, H. R. 5214 by another New Jersey Democrat, Rush D. Holt. Both versions require the oil polluters to pay the full costs of their oil spills.
Tucson, Arizona's Democratic Representative Raul Grijalva introduced a bill to repeal the limitation of liability of a responsible party for a discharge or substantial threat of a discharge of oil from an offshore oil facility. That is H.R. 5355.
Compromise is the essence of politics. That maxim is especially true of politics on Capitol Hill. Representative Levin, chairman of the Ways & Means Committee is in his 13th term in the Congress. He, may be able to get a result. Over in the Senate attempts to consider Senator Menendez's bill are being blocked by Big Oil fueled Republican Senators. Notably Alaska's Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski and Oklahoma's Republican Senator Jim Inhofe.
The Public Action Campaign Fund, see: http://www.publicampaign.org/blog/2010/05/14/murkowski-blocks-gulf-spill-legislation-takes-big-oil-cash , reports that Murkowski has received over $400,000 from Big Oil during her time in office. I guess it was time to pay the piper! If that's the case, she's cheap, I mean a real bargain. Inhofe, as of 2009, had taken more than $1.2 million from gas and oil companies during his career. You think he's representing Oklahoma? Oh No! My best guess is that he is fighting hard for Big Oil and letting his demagoguery put up a smoke screen.