On July 1, 2010, the US House of Representatives approved a bill to increase compensation for victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. HR 5503, the Securing Protections for the Injured from Limitations on Liability Act (SPILL), was meant to allow injured workers and victims' families that had filed claims against BP to receive increased compensation. The act would have allowed the families of those killed by the BP oil rig explosion to file for both compensatory and punitive damages. SPILL was referred to the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, but failed to pass.
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