U.S. Representative Joe Barton ’s description of the BP Plc oil spill compensation fund as a “shakedown” and his apology to Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward sparked an uproar and denunciations from the Texas lawmaker’s fellow Republicans.
Representative Fred Upton was endorsed by a Republican leadership panel to head the House Energy and Commerce Committee, overcoming objections from Tea Party activists who said his record wasn’t conservative enough.
The defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, amid charges he supports amnesty for undocumented workers, will stall immigration legislation this year and send Republicans into the 2016 presidential season at odds with one of the nation’s fastest-growing political constituencies.
Republican Representative Fred Upton had little trouble beating his Democratic challenger in the Nov. 2 election, winning by 55,000 votes. His tougher race has come in Washington, where he’s fighting to head a committee with power over issues from health care to energy.
Joe Barton, a Republican U.S. Representative from Texas, says the Supreme Court is correct that the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring Americans to have health insurance is a new form of tax. Barton talked to Kathleen Hays and Vonnie Quinn on "The Hays Advantage" on Bloomberg Radio on June 28, 2012.