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Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) became a sensation in the House of Representatives for her grilling of high-powered men in defense of their underpaid employees, often using a dry erase board to lay out the math more clearly.

Porter's line of questioning at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing was no different—and she didn't even have to use the whiteboard.

The Congresswoman interrogated big oil's Strata Production president Mark Murphy, who claimed Porter was under the "misconception" that "somehow the oil and gas industry have benefits from some special sort of tax structure." Murphy argued that this was not the case.

Porter brutally assured him that it was, in fact, the case.

Watch below.

The Congresswoman said:

"You do benefit from special rules. There's a special tax rule for intangible drilling costs that does not apply to other kinds of expenses that businesses have. You get to deduct 70 percent of your costs immediately, and other businesses have to amortize their expenses over their entire profit stream."

Then she called him out:

So please don't patronize me by telling me that the oil and gas industry doesn't have any special tax provisions. Because if you would like that to be the rule, I would be happy to have Congress deliver."

People once again applauded the Congresswoman for holding rich executives to account.






People noted that she didn't even need the whiteboard to lay out where Murphy went wrong.



Porter won her last reelection handily by nearly 10 points.