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Jun 2, 2011 9:26 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Barbour To Speak At House Hearing On Oil Spill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, once
considered a challenger to President Barack Obama, heads the
witness list at a House investigative hearing Thursday. Republicans are expected to criticize the Obama administration's response to the Gulf oil spill last year and its handling of recovery operations.
Barbour has since dropped out of the GOP presidential race. He's expected to tell the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee how his state was affected by the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and sent millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.
The hearing comes amid Republican demands that the
administration expand domestic oil production and disputes with the White House over how best to encourage drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.

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