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Boehner, Asked Whether BP Fund Is A 'Shakedown,' Seeks Distance From Barton (VIDEO)


"I have said since the beginning that BP ought to be responsible for all of this cleanup," Boehner said. "The fact is that they've agreed to put this $20 billion in escrow. I don't know what context Mr. Barton was making that remark, but I'm glad that BP has accepted responsibility for their actions."


Barton -- the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee -- apologized this morning to Hayward, who is facing questioning from the committee's subcommittee on oversight.

"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," Barton said.