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GOP lawmaker demands Barton step down from top committee spot
The Hill's Blog Briefing Room ^ | 06/17/10 | Michael O'Brien

Posted on 06/17/2010 11:14:06 AM PDT by DukeBillie

A Republican lawmaker from a district affected by the oil spill called on Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) to step down as the ranking member of his committee.

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), whose Pensacola district is among the most-impacted areas in the Gulf by the oil spill, condemned Barton for apologizing to BP CEO Tony Hayward during a committee meeting on Thursday.

"I condemn Mr. Barton’s statement. Mr. Barton’s remarks are out of touch with this tragedy and I feel his comments call into question his judgment and ability to serve in a leadership on the Energy and Commerce Committee," MIller said in a statement. "He should step down as ranking member of the Committee.”

Barton apologized to Hayward during opening remarks at a hearing this morning, telling Hayward that he was "ashamed" by President Barack Obama's effort to force BP to create a $20 billion fund in escrow to pay out damages to victims of the oil spill.

“It is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case a $20 billion dollar shakedown,” Barton said.

Miller took Barton to task.

“I am shocked by Congressman Joe Barton’s reprehensible comments that the government should apologize for the ‘shakedown’ of BP," he said. "BP has caused the greatest ecological and environmental disaster our nation has ever seen. They are the responsible party and they should pay for losses and damages, not the taxpayer. I am optimistic and hopeful that BP acted in good faith by opening the $20 million escrow account, as several of us have requested."

Republicans have already begun to distance themselves from Barton's remarks.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he disagreed with Barton during his weekly press conference.

"I have said since the beginning that BP ought to be held responsible for every dime of this tragedy," Boehner said. "And they ought to be held accountable to stop the leak and get it cleaned up as soon as possible.”

Another one of Barton's colleagues, Rep. Michael Burgess (R), who was a top member of the subcommittee hosting Hayward today, also disavowed Barton's remarks.

"He made it quite clear he was speaking only for himself," he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: barton; deepwaterhorizon; joebarton; oilspil; shakedown
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Republicans shooting themselves in the foot again. Joe Barton . . . Joe Wilson . . . Joe the Plumber. . . we need more Joes
1 posted on 06/17/2010 11:14:07 AM PDT by DukeBillie
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To: DukeBillie

We’re doomed.


2 posted on 06/17/2010 11:15:16 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: DukeBillie

Good lawdy, R’s! GET SOME BA**S!!!!!


3 posted on 06/17/2010 11:15:27 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: DukeBillie

And thus, the tepid cowardice of Congresscritters is once again in full display. You could not find a more corrupt, self-serving, cowardly and utterly useless collection of 500 people anywhere than this pack of snakes. We would be soooo better off just selecting our Congress by random from census lists or a telephone book.


4 posted on 06/17/2010 11:18:12 AM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: DukeBillie
Oh, great! While republicans should be throwing everything at Obama, they are forming a circular firing squad. Barton comments were right on the mark, if perhaps a bit ill timed, because it gave the MSM media something to focus on to try shift the blame from their messiah.
5 posted on 06/17/2010 11:19:39 AM PDT by apillar
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To: DukeBillie

Wow... I never heard of this Ubama ally Jeff Miller, but that scumbag has to go.


6 posted on 06/17/2010 11:20:20 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: DukeBillie

Jeff Miller and Michael Burgess don’t seem to be able to recognize the truth when they hear it and should be removed from office ASAP!


7 posted on 06/17/2010 11:24:25 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: DukeBillie

When a Republican calls a spade a spade. The Rinos organize a circular firing squad.


8 posted on 06/17/2010 11:25:17 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: DukeBillie
Miller doesn't get it. Are we a nation of laws or one where might makes right? There is a legal system. If the Obama Administration is moving to the Hugo Chavez model of the law is whatever he says it is, Miller and everyone else had better hope that Obama never wants to take any action against them.
9 posted on 06/17/2010 11:27:25 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: DukeBillie

Even though Barton may have been right, now is not the time to say it! Now is the time to cement the perception in the public’s mind that 0bama is an incompetent manager. Now is the time, when the Eugene Robinsons and Olbermans feel free to opennly critique 0bama, to dogpile. Place impossible expectations on 0bama and go crazy when he fails to meet them. Use the Alinsky Rules against the Radicals. This was an unwelcome distraction and manna to 0bama.


10 posted on 06/17/2010 11:29:58 AM PDT by Lou Budvis
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To: DukeBillie
Miller is sucking up to Zer0 because he thinks he'll get to direct some of the shakedown money.

He's too stupid to notice that BP paid Zer0 campaign contributions to be one of his favorite green corporations, it was going to get them soooo much.

11 posted on 06/17/2010 11:30:13 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: DukeBillie
Funny how Dems never eat their own.

FU GOP!!!!!!!!!

12 posted on 06/17/2010 11:31:17 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: DukeBillie
"I condemn Mr. Barton’s statement. Mr. Barton’s remarks are out of touch with this tragedy and I feel his comments call into question his judgment and ability to serve in a leadership on the Energy and Commerce Committee," MIller said in a statement. "He should step down as ranking member of the Committee.”

Jeff, ol' buddy, ol' pal, Joe Barton is so much more in touch with these tragedies (I refer to the Obama administration as well as the BP oil spill) that it is YOU who should step down.

Tell me, Jeff, ol' buddy, ol' pal, you do realize that, if the hole is going to be plugged, it is BP that will do it, don't you? And did you at any time ask the BP executive what you and the federal government could do to help them plug the hole? Wouldn't that have been the best way to serve your constituents?

Friggin' idiot.

13 posted on 06/17/2010 11:32:09 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: DukeBillie

The taxpayers are going to be stuck for the bill for this entire cleanup if BP doesn’t take responsibility for the mess *they* created through their shoddy and unsafe (and finally murderous) practices.

If we take Barton’s suggestion and don’t hold them accountable - and instead *apologize to them* - are you okay with having the taxpayers pick up the billions of dollars of cost?

Or do we just do nothing on the Federal level, and leave it to the States and localities?

If BP isn’t made to pay for the damage they are causing, then they get all of the profits for drilling, and they give the problems to the taxpayers. It’s like reverse Socialism.


14 posted on 06/17/2010 11:32:54 AM PDT by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: worst-case scenario

Are you OK with ceding the President powers which he clearly does NOT have under the US Constitution?


15 posted on 06/17/2010 11:33:51 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Truth29

EXACTLY! I am from New Orleans. What is happening to the coast is unbelieveable HOWEVER, we have a legal system. This is yet another example of 0bama seizing control of an industry.


16 posted on 06/17/2010 11:34:09 AM PDT by DukeBillie
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To: Marty62

Republicans putting money (i.e., power) over principles is what gives ammunition to those who claim there is no significant diffence between the parties. I don’t buy that argument, but these calculated responses by Republicans to a statement of clear support for the rule of law provides credible rebuttal.


17 posted on 06/17/2010 11:34:28 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: Truth29

Miller gets it. You can oppose the escrow account, but BP does not deserve any apology. Barton is a fool, he is throwing a life preserver to the Dems.


18 posted on 06/17/2010 11:36:33 AM PDT by nbenyo
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To: Bigun
Jeff Miller and Michael Burgess don’t seem to be able to recognize the truth when they hear it and should be removed from office ASAP!

I wouldn't get on Burgess' case. The quote is brief and without context. I'm suspicious that it was cherry-picked. Instead, I'd wager it was delivered in response to a question like "Does Joe Barton speak for the Republican party"?

And that there is much missing context to his remarks...

19 posted on 06/17/2010 11:36:37 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: worst-case scenario
If we take Barton’s suggestion and don’t hold them accountable - and instead *apologize to them*

They should certainly be held accountable for the situation.

But Barton was also right -- Obama had no right or authority to shake them down like a two-bit mobster. I am embarrassed as an American citizen to see the President behaving in this manner.

BP can and should be held accountable and liable. But in the proper way.

20 posted on 06/17/2010 11:37:38 AM PDT by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: worst-case scenario

anyone have contact info for these chump rinos handym??


21 posted on 06/17/2010 11:40:19 AM PDT by DrewsMum (Somebody please put the Constitution on his teleprompter....)
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To: Marty62

It looks a lot like the back of a Canadian $50 dollar bill.


22 posted on 06/17/2010 11:40:32 AM PDT by Hat-Trick (Do you trust a government that cannot trust you with guns?)
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To: apillar

Barton’s comments were right on the money. How do I know this? Because a Congressman just asked Hayword if he thought what happened at the White House was a shake down. Hayword would not say, “No.” The Congressman wasn’t happy with the answer so he explained what a shake down is to Hayword and then again asked him if that’s what happened. Again Hayword never uttered the word, “No.” He said BP and the WH “came together.”

So that means, “Yes. It was a shake down.”


23 posted on 06/17/2010 11:42:22 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Integrity, Honesty, Character, & Loyalty still matter)
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To: DukeBillie

Jeffry needs to pull up his big boy panties and save his tantrums for the real posers in this administration.

No Jeffry, it’s not OK for Barry Soetero to go all Hugo Chavez on BP when you all in the Gulf desperately need BP to stay viable and find a solution to this disaster.
Barry is never gonna plug your leak, fellas. Some demon private business is gonna plug the leak.


24 posted on 06/17/2010 11:42:25 AM PDT by silverleaf (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: DukeBillie
So does Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) think Obamah should be Judge, Jury & Pay-Master?

Just where does the rule of law apply to what Obamah is doing Jeffery?

25 posted on 06/17/2010 11:43:12 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: kevkrom

You got that exactly right.


26 posted on 06/17/2010 11:43:15 AM PDT by 88keys (they will pry my salt shaker from my cold dead hands)
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To: DukeBillie

Since when is “holding BP responsible” and strong-arming it for money the same thing?

The weak sisters in the GOP need to understand that if the Dhimmi scum will extort BP they’ll do it to anybody.

Instead of agreeing with the Dhimmis they should be beating their drums wanting to know what safeguards the regime is going to provide to ensure that the money is not going to be simply another slush fund used to bail out 0’s allies as the porkulus bill was.


27 posted on 06/17/2010 11:44:22 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: nbenyo
"Miller gets it. You can oppose the escrow account, but BP does not deserve any apology. Barton is a fool, he is throwing a life preserver to the Dems."

BP doesn't deserve any apology for what they did, but for the actions of Obama's Chicago Way. Just look at what happened to GMs senior creditors where the Administration effectively stole their money and gave it to his union supporters as payment.

28 posted on 06/17/2010 11:44:55 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: nbenyo
You seem to be in the minoriry.

Obamah would like nothing more than to bankrupt BP, causing the loss of hundredes of thousand of jobs here in the US and in the UK, directly and indirectly from service and equipment providers.

29 posted on 06/17/2010 11:48:03 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: nbenyo
Barton is a fool, he is throwing a life preserver to the Dems.

You have conclusively proven that there are plenty of fools around but Joe Barton isn't one of them!

30 posted on 06/17/2010 11:51:11 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: kevkrom

Well said! Spot on target!


31 posted on 06/17/2010 11:55:11 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Truth29

“BP doesn’t deserve any apology for what they did, but for the actions of Obama’s Chicago Way. Just look at what happened to GMs senior creditors where the Administration effectively stole their money and gave it to his union supporters as payment.”

And that is EXACTLY what Rep. Barton did! He apologized for our President using thug tactics to “shakedown” a company! He did not apologize for anything else!

Barton was 100% correct in EVERYTHING he said during that opening statement! Go Joe!


32 posted on 06/17/2010 11:59:21 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go Home!)
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To: okie01

Burgess said that any one on the Congressional committee could do Tony Hayward’s job. Does that include Henry Waxman? These get-along gang Republicans need to knock it off and see the big picture. Instead, they all cower to the media and accept the premises set by the Democrat on who are the good guys and who are the bad guys


33 posted on 06/17/2010 12:00:49 PM PDT by Windy City Conservative (Kyle Smith)
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To: DukeBillie

Guess which one has his hand out??

Pray for America


34 posted on 06/17/2010 12:12:02 PM PDT by bray (Did Rush say Complete Failure?)
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To: Windy City Conservative
Burgess said that any one on the Congressional committee could do Tony Hayward's job.

Burgess is my Representative. I just called his office and ripped his staff a new one over that comment. Hayword got his PhD in Geology at the age of 22. Representative Burgess is a medical doctor not a geologist.

35 posted on 06/17/2010 12:28:03 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Integrity, Honesty, Character, & Loyalty still matter)
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To: worst-case scenario
If we take Barton’s suggestion and don’t hold them accountable - and instead *apologize to them* - are you okay with having the taxpayers pick up the billions of dollars of cost?

Barton is not suggesting that they should not be held accountable. He is pointing out, that we do not have a system of government under our constitution where a dictator excecutive can dictate the terms and amount and the method by which they will be held accountable and circumvent the legal process that is in place for such accountability.

You prefer the Hugo Chavez approach that Zerobama is taking? How about just having the government seize control of BP altogethter to make sure they are properly held accountable? Is that what you are suggesting?

36 posted on 06/17/2010 12:36:52 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: worst-case scenario

Yeah, forget about the legal system. It’s much more efficient when the President makes these types of decisions for everybody.

And it’s much more equitable, too. Who wants this damages mess overseen by some judge, when we can appoint an independent third-party individual who was personally hand-picked by Obama?


37 posted on 06/17/2010 12:45:26 PM PDT by kevao
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To: BuckeyeTexan

This crop of politicians are total blowhards.


38 posted on 06/17/2010 12:59:52 PM PDT by Windy City Conservative (Kyle Smith)
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To: TexasCajun

Boehner, Cantor and Pence issued a statement saying Barton is wrong. I guess they are all RINO’s?

Let’s see how many in Congress defend his remarks.


39 posted on 06/17/2010 1:01:54 PM PDT by nbenyo
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To: bray

Never under estimate the stupidity of a RINO congress critter.

If obama can shake down BP, and decide he wants x amount of dollars, put in this account, to be distributed by his lackey all without any legal grounds, who’s next? If your company crosses the gov. or doesn’t and they want part of your $$$ what’s to stop them from concocting some BS and threatening to take it to the whores in the press and turn the so-called Justice Dept. loose on you?

BP should have told obama to take two running leaps straight into hell, there is a legal system in place to handle this properly.


40 posted on 06/17/2010 1:03:38 PM PDT by sarge83
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To: nbenyo
Obamah investigating BP for criminal and civil crimes.

Then axs for 20 Billion in the mean time.

Sounds like an old-fashion Chicago/Jesse Jackson Shake-Down!

41 posted on 06/17/2010 1:03:50 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Windy City Conservative

Burgess is usually a stand-up guy. He’s been warned. Let’s see what he does about it.


42 posted on 06/17/2010 1:04:30 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Integrity, Honesty, Character, & Loyalty still matter)
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To: DukeBillie

Obama has become Jesse Jackson on a global scale.


43 posted on 06/17/2010 1:05:51 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

They may have the money but they can never walk the streets alone,wonder if they think it’s worth it?.


44 posted on 06/17/2010 1:26:37 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Lurker

Obama *requested* this escrow accoubt. He didn’t order their accounts seized. BP agreed to this amount.

Good thing, too, because if the American arm of BP declares bankruptcy, there won’t be anything left. How accountable would they be held then?


45 posted on 06/17/2010 1:51:12 PM PDT by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: worst-case scenario
Obama *requested* this escrow accoubt.

With the AG of the US standing right behind him. Really voluntary.

Were I running BP I'd file Chapter 11 by close of business tomorrow.

46 posted on 06/17/2010 1:55:01 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: DukeBillie

This infuriates me! Why cant people just stand behind what they say and explain why they fill this way. Educate people just damn the GOP. Im done.

I need a number to vent anyone???


47 posted on 06/17/2010 1:55:11 PM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: DukeBillie; All
Barton caves

Barton Retracts Apology to BP

"I apologize for using the term 'shakedown' with regard to yesterday's actions at the White House in my opening statement this morning, and I retract my apology to BP..."

SNIP

"I regret the impact that my statement this morning implied that BP should not pay for the consequences of their decisions and actions in this incident."

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2536839/posts

48 posted on 06/17/2010 2:33:05 PM PDT by DukeBillie
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To: glennaro

His statement was clear to those that listened. But the propaganda department of the Zero Admin jumped on it.

Frankly I’m tired of Repubs apologizing for telling the truth.

Do the people in the Gulf know where to file claims...NOOOO.
BP will now tell everyone to go to the Feds since they have agreed to a SLUSH fund.

I guess people missed the statement by BP CEO that any claims for medical care are part of the 20 Billion Bribe.(20 billion trust fund) BP just washed its hands of the whole claim process. Saving them millions in processing costs. Risk management solution.

Lawyer windfall.


49 posted on 06/17/2010 2:37:30 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: DukeBillie
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), whose Pensacola district is among the most-impacted areas in the Gulf by the oil spill, condemned Barton for apologizing to BP CEO

You're an idiot, Jeff.
50 posted on 06/17/2010 2:38:55 PM PDT by aruanan
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