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Press Release

FW Withdraws Bill Support after $500M Cronyist Gift Added

Following news that the bill to lift the embargo on exporting crude oil includes a $500 million payoff to special interests, FreedomWorks Legislative Affairs Manager Josh Withrow commented:

"Why does Congress have to take a perfectly good bill and add a $500 million gift to special interests without a vote? After the CBO said the bill would generate $500 million, they gave it away to labor unions, even though the bill would have easily passed without this provision."

"We have always supported repealing the ban on exporting U.S. oil. However, we are withdrawing our support of the bill due to the closed-door, crony-capitalist process that the House is engaging in. Without this provision, the bill would have had our full support."