Republicans Take Popular Stand: Protecting Oil Subsidies

Gasoline prices of $5.09 USD displayed at an Exxon station in Washington, DC on May 5, 2011. According to, the national average is $3.99 per gallon. It‚??s going for $3.99 in Maryland and $3.88 in Virginia. The Washington DC average is listed at $4.16 with the exception of this station near the Watergate complex. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: KAREN BLEIER/2011 AFP

The party that can't stand to see a single taxpayer dollar wasted on public radio successfully filibustered an attempt to save $20 billion over ten years by stripping the five largest oil companies of their government subsidies last night. Every Republican except for Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, along with three Democrats, voted to block the legislation from moving forward. Democrats knew the bill wouldn't pass but were happy to get the GOP on the record supporting the subsidies as voter discontent rises in step with gas prices. The vote becomes especially political in nature when you consider that the legislation was unconstitutional to begin with. [CNN]