Congressman Joe Barton, the top Republican on the committee overseeing the oil spill and its aftermath, delivered a personal apology to BP, saying the $20 billion fund that President Obama directed BP to establish to provide relief to the victims of the oil disaster was a "tragedy in the first proportion."
Other Republicans are echoing his call. Rep. Michele Bachmann said that BP shouldn't agree to be "fleeced." The Republican Study Committee, with its 114 members in the House, called it a "shakedown."
Rep. Barton and Republicans like him don't understand that the real tragedy is what's happening to the people in the Gulf Coast. They're the ones who deserve his apology — not BP.
and we won't apologize for doing so: