GOP Rep. Joe Barton apologizes to BP


Joe Barton (R-TX) Joe Barton (R-TX) was on the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee yesterday when BP officials appeared in Congress.

Barton made the following remarks to the BP company.

I think 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 shakedown.

Good old Joe. He is steadfastly sticking to the Republican plan to criticize President Obama at every opportunity. Barton added “I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday.”

…it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown…

[Source: Talking Points Memo]

What is wrong with some of these republicans? They don’t want corporations regulated. They side with corporate businesses ignoring the people of the gulf coast who are having to endure the damage caused by the oil spill.

What is wrong with some of these republicans? They don’t want corporations regulated. They side with corporate businesses ignoring the people of the gulf coast who are having to endure the damage caused by the oil spill. Barton later retracted his apology under pressure from Republican leaders.

Barton was born in Waco, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A&M holding a B.S. degree in industrial engineering. He was also a consultant for Atlantic Richfield Oil and Gas Company before being elected to Congress in 1984. He represents the 6th congressional district in Texas.

Barton has taken $1.4 million in campaign contributions from the Oil industry since 1989, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He Barton has consistently opposed proposals to reduce the nation’s dependence on oil.

That he doesn’t care about ordinary people was shown by Barton’s opposition to the Combating Autism Act of 2006. But he takes care of his family. He paid his wife, Terri, $57,759 in salary and bonuses from his campaign funds in the 2006 election cycle. He also paid his daughter, Kristin, $12,622 in salary and bonuses. Additionally he paid his mother, Nell Barton, $7,000 for a car.

Makes one wonder what is wrong with Texas voters in the 6th District.

He established the Barton Family Foundation to support charities in his congressional district. His daughter-in-law, Amy Barton, is the Foundations Executive Director. Major energy corporations, such as the Chicago-based nuclear energy producer, Exelon Corporation, make major gifts to the Foundation. In June 2008, at a time when Barton had introduced legislation to assist corporations with the recycling of spent nuclear fuel, the corporation donated $25,000 to the Foundation. Exelon has also donated $80,000 to Barton’s campaign funds.

Barton voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. He also voted against the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Barton has received almost $2.2 million from the Healthcare industry, $1.5 million of that coming from PACs. [Wikipedia]

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