Oil & Gas Tax Provision Would Enrich Top Republican Lawmakers

Trans-Alaska pipeline

A buried section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline , July 21, 2002 in Fairbanks, Alaska. The 800 mile pipeline carries crude oil from Prudhoe Bay to the ice free port of Valdez, Alaska. Photo: Barry Williams / Getty Images

When Texas Sen. John Cornyn slipped an obscure tax break for pipeline giants into the GOP tax bill, he wasn’t just helping major Republican Party donors, he was also potentially helping 16 of his congressional colleagues. Together those 16 lawmakers — 13 Republicans, three Democrats — own multimillion-dollar stakes in the special investment vehicles that stand…

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