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Biden calls GOP criticism of BP fund 'outrageous'

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Posted: Jun 17, 2010 2:14 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Joe Biden, Joe Barton, BP, Deepwater Horizon

Vice President Joe Biden says it's "outrageous," "astounding" and "incredibly out of touch" for
a GOP congressman to criticize the White House for demanding a BP victims' compensation fund.

Biden responded Thursday to comments made by Texas Republican Joe Barton at a House hearing earlier in the day.

Barton, an oil industry ally, said he was "ashamed of what happened" and accused the White House of conducting a "$20 billion shakedown" by requiring BP to establish the fund to compensate those hurt by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Biden said Barton's comments were "incredibly insensitive, incredibly out of touch."

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