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Jun 17, 2010 4:14 PM by Melissa Canone

Apology to BP's Hayward triggers uproar

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas is issuing
an apology - of sorts - about his apology to oil company BP.
Barton had complained at a hearing earlier Thursday that the
Obama administration was forcing BP to set up a $20 billion "slush
fund" for oil spill victims. Barton said he was ashamed of the
White House's actions - and he apologized to BP. Vice President Joe
Biden called those remarks "outrageous."
Hours after making the comments, Barton said his remarks had
been "misconstrued." He said, "I want to apologize for that
misconstruction."
Barton says that he considers BP responsible for the
catastrophic oil spill and that the company should "do everything
possible to make good."

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