Texas Rep. Joe Barton Apologizes To BP For Government “Shakedown”; Boehner Disagrees
Texas Congressman Joe Barton apologized to BP Oil and says the Obama administration is shaking them down and creating a “slush fund.”
“I am ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), apologizing to the oil company.
“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 called the $20 billion account a “slush fund,” and said he did not want to live in a country in which citizens or companies that do something wrong can be subjected to such a “shakedown.”
House Minority Leader John Boehner says he disagrees with Barton.
Asked if he disagreed with Barton’s characterization of the deal struck yesterday at the White House, Boehner quickly responded, “I do.”
“BP agreed to fund the cost of this clean up from the beginning and I’m glad they’re being held accountable,” Boehner told reporters.
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