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.
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.
U.S. Representatives Ed Markey and Joe Barton asked the College Board , owner of the SAT college entrance exam, to explain how it collects and stores data from students as the government seeks to bolster teen privacy laws.