REHBERG STANDS BY BIG OIL...PART 1
Rep. Rehberg of Montana is Part of Republican Study Committee that Defends BP, Calls the $20 Billion BP Escrow Account a “Chicago-Style Political Shakedown”
June 18, 2010 – Yesterday, as BP CEO Tony Hayward testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the disastrous irresponsibility of the big oil company that led to the worst environmental disaster in US history, there are some people in Washington who are amazingly defending both Mr. Hayward and BP.
The Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative Members of the House of Representatives, released a statement this week calling the $20 billion BP escrow account a “Chicago-style political shakedown.” Not a single Republican member denounced this position when it was released. Not one.
In fact, the Republican industry-friendly approach was echoed by RSC member and the highest ranking member of the committee that oversees the oil industry, Joe Barton (R-Tx), who not only called the BP accountability fund instituted by the President a “shakedown” but went on to apologize to BP and BP CEO Tony Hayward.
The statement from the Republican Study Committee, which includes Rep. Rehberg, reads: “BP's reported willingness to go along with the White House's new fund suggests that the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics… These actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been borne out of this Administration's drive for greater power and control.”
Please see below for a statement from DNC spokesman Frank Benenati:
“It is very evident by this statement that Rep. Rehberg cares more about the bottom line of a company - that through its disastrous irresponsibility and carelessness resulted in the worst environmental disaster in US history - than the people of the gulf, our environment and the countless lives that have been affected by their actions. While President Obama works tirelessly to ensure that BP is held fully accountable to the families and small businesses who they have affected, Republicans like Rep. Rehberg are making it clear they are only accountable to big corporations like BP. The astonishing misplaced priorities by Rep. Rehberg and his colleagues should be taken as an insult to the people of the Gulf and the American people who, if the Republicans got their way, would be footing the bill for the atrocious actions of a big oil company.”
Rep. Tom Price And The 114-Member Republican Study Committee Called The $20 Billion BP Escrow Account A “Chicago-Style Political Shakedown.” The Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative members of the House, released a statement today calling the $20 billion BP escrow account a "Chicago-style political shakedown." "BP's reported willingness to go along with the White House's new fund suggests that the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics, wrote chairman Tom Price (R-GA). "These actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been borne out of this Administration's drive for greater power and control."[TPM, 6/16/10]