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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House would back "significantly lifting" a $75 million cap on companies responsible for oil spills, spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Wednesday.

"We would be in favor of significantly lifting that cap," he told a news briefing.

BP Plc and U.S. authorities are struggling to contain a massive, uncontrolled oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico that could devastate fishing, tourism and other industries.

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