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Alabama Congressman Defends Big Oil Tax Breaks To Angry Constituents

By Amanda Peterson Beadle  

"Alabama Congressman Defends Big Oil Tax Breaks To Angry Constituents"

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Freshman Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) defended tax breaks for extremely profitable oil companies at a town hall meeting Thursday night as his constituents questioned how to reduce the nation’s deficit. According to the Florence Times-Daily, “Brooks said ending the breaks [...] or increasing taxes on the companies would result in higher consumer prices because the additional costs would be passed on.” He maintained that new taxes would be bad for the economy even as his constituents correctly challenged him on the false idea that taking away the oil companies’ tax breaks would hurt consumers.

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