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Obama, Republicans trade political jabs over Gulf oil spill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Republicans are exchanging charges of playing politics with the Gulf oil spill.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama accused Republicans of stalling an effort that would lift a $75 million liability cap on economic damages oil companies must pay to families and small businesses affected by a spill. Obama says the American people "deserve an up or down vote on legislation that would hold oil companies accountable for the disasters they cause."

But in the GOP's address, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi accused the president of being too slow to react to the spill.

Wicker also says some steps taken by the Obama administration will do more harm than good. He says a moratorium on deep-water drilling will cost jobs and raise the price of energy.

Wicker also criticized Obama for pushing an energy bill and increases in oil cleanup fees, saying the president's address to the nation "made it clear that he intends to exploit this crisis to push his liberal agenda."

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