The U.S. House of Representatives voted 420-1 to give the presidential commission investigating the BP oil spill full subpoena power. In the Senate the move was blocked by Republicans. I wouldn't be surprised if the Republicans colluded behind the scenes with the Senators agreeing to block the measure to give their House colleagues political cover to vote for it (Senators, serving six year terms, have much less to worry about when it comes to re-election).

Check out the proceedings. It's pretty disgusting.

Without full subpeona power, President Obama's investigatory commission will have next to no ability to actually dig up the facts surrounding BP's badly bungled oil spill.

Just what the Republicans want.

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