A Republican-led House panel voted this morning to subpoena the White House for records related to Solyndra, the solar company backed by the Obama administration that collapsed after receiving a $528 million loan.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the resolution 14-9 after Democrats attempted to delay the vote during a fierce debate.
Democrats argued that the proposed resolution was too broad and gave the committee chairman too much power, but Republicans maintained that a subpoena was necessary because the White House has denied or delayed requests for thousands of documents related to Solyndra.
The White House immediately denounced the vote, saying it has “cooperated extensively with the committee’s investigation by producing over 85,000 pages of documents, including 20,000 pages produced just yesterday afternoon.”
“And all of the materials that have been disclosed affirm what we said on Day One: this was a merit based decision made by the Department of Energy,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.
“We’d like to see as much passion in House Republicans for creating jobs as we see in this investigation,” he said. “We are disappointed that the committee has refused to discuss their requests with us in good faith, and has instead chosen a partisan route, proceeding with subpoenas that are unprecedented and unwarranted.”
Congressional Republicans have been looking into the Solyndra matter ever since the California company filed for bankruptcy protection in September and laid off 1,100 employees. The bankruptcy proved to be embarrassing for the White House amid revelations that federal officials were warned it had serious problems but continued to support it anyway, and sent President Barack Obama to visit the company personally and praise it publicly.
Former Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison resigned from his post last month amid the controversy.
- Obama Administration Considered Bailout for Solyndra Before Bankruptcy (foxnews.com)
- Subpoenas – House panel wants Solyndra docs (politico.com)
- Solyndra Documents: House Panel To Vote On Plan To Subpoena White House Documents (huffingtonpost.com)