Big Oil's ‘Rock Star’ in Congress Runs Rig Tours to Win Votes

  • As Republican whip, Steve Scalise evangelizes for industry
  • Louisianan enlists other lawmakers with offshore oil tours

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise listens during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on July 28, 2015.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Congressman Steve Scalise leaned over the railing of the Chevron Corp. oil platform floating in inky blue waters 250 miles off the Louisiana coast and marveled to a cluster of lawmakers that it produces 75,000 barrels of crude every day.

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