June 16th, 2010
08:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Dem: Lawmakers going to take Hayward's 'hide off'


Washington (CNN) – Democratic lawmakers will try to build the case of a corporate culture which chose riskier, cheaper methods over safety concerns as they grill BP CEO Tony Hayward on Capitol Hill Thursday.

"Members are angry. Members are frustrated," Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, told CNN's Dana Bash. "They're going to take his hide off, as they should."

Stupak, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, outlined evidence his committee has put together from thousands of pages of internal BP documents.

In Thursday's hearing, Stupak intends to focus on what the lawmaker sees as a pattern of behavior on BP's part that risked safety in order to contain costs and make up for the drilling project's being behind schedule.

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Filed under: Bart Stupak • BP • Oil spill
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  1. librarian

    He is not the only responsible. What about the lack of regulation which allowed these sharks to strike with impunity ?

    June 16, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. German,Irish,American

    Are these political hacks also going to take Obama's "hide off" for his handpicked MMS REGULATORS giving Transocean, the owner of the rig that exploded, a safety award. There were actually BP and Transocean officials on the rig celebrating the safety award for following GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS when the rig collapsed. But hey, the politicians and the MSM will never allow the whole sordid truth of the Obama regime and its unprecedented secret backroom illegal deals.

    June 16, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. Dave

    What will cost more over the years: the hell-care bill you Stupak and your stupid pack brought on this nation, or the money spent on cleaning the oil spill. When attacking others look at your own action first!

    June 16, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. Slider

    I think I finally understand what 'change' all those leftists meant, now. We went from a president and a government that actually did something about catastrophes, and we 'changed' that to a government that points fingers, and then sticks it up its fanny.

    I don't blame the president for the oil spill; and, I don't blame Congress either.

    In fact, this episode has been the single best example since Katrina that the federal government has 18 enumerated powers, and that since it has gone way beyond them, it can't do even those things right anymore.

    June 16, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. cheryl

    We should be taking Stupak's hide for his yes vote on healthcare. BP is wrong but so is this so called president. He only does something if he reads about it on the internet and people comment on it. He isn't a president, he is a moron.

    June 16, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. mh

    Stupak is Stupid! He is a loser and needs to go away.

    June 16, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. Leslie

    Hayward is out of touch with human beings, he should be made to "walk the plank" into the oil spill!

    June 16, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. munchmom

    Why not take Obama's hide off-he waited way tooooo long to do anything about that spill. He now has his "Katrina"-MSM needs to get on him like they did Bush during Katrina!

    June 16, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. thor

    I'm all in favor of going after BP. for the Gulf disaster.However, last year the Obama administration granted them a special exemption from a legal requirement that they produce a detailed environmental impact study.The Department of Interior's Mineral Management Service gave the exclusion in April, 2009 to allow them to commence drilling with Deepwater Horizon even though it had not produced the study as required by law.Maybe these lawmakers should consider taking take some hide off the folks in the Obama administration too.

    June 16, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  10. vwrtb

    Republicans want to give him a hug and bake him cookies...

    June 16, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Seanathair

    I think it is hilarious to see and hear Congressional members criticize others for misdeeds. There isn't an honest member of Congress, yet they "investigate" others. All they are doing is looking for kickbacks.

    June 16, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. GuyinVA

    Ah yes, Bart Stupak. Poster Child for the myth of the pro-life democrat.

    June 16, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. John

    Earth to Bart – what do you think Cheney and all the energy companies were up too – max profits!

    June 16, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. Jim in St. Johns, FL

    Thanks Stupak, I am sure taking the CEO's hide off is going to stop the leak and help the people in the Gulf.

    You sold out to Obama on health care and didn't have the moral courage of yoru convictions and you are going to play judge and jury on the BP CEO? Please, get a life and get the hell out of DC before you damage the country any further.

    June 16, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  15. Harvey

    Honestly Bart, your anger at BP over the continued oil mess isn't much different than the anger Americans exhibited during the healthcare mess that you supported. BP keeps coming at you with BS and excuses just like you and your fellow Dems kept coming at us with the healthcare fiasco. You're one of the last people in this country that has the right to "get mad" and "get frustrated" over anything...

    June 16, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  16. snow

    Demorat lawmakers need to be introducted to tar and feathers then run out of this country and take knucklehead nobummer with them.

    June 16, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  17. Don W.

    I know that BP stated that it is totally liable for god-aweful mess; is anyone looking at the company actually did the drilling? This same company built showers for our troops in Iraq and Afganistan that damn near killed those troops! This is the same company that did similar work near Australia for another oil company; that also had a nasty blowout/fire! Halliburton must be stopped putting corporate profits before people and other living creatures!

    June 16, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. rjt

    I think its so predictable...this staged daytimer drama...drag in BP while he and his people need to be focusing on how to stop the leak...set them up in front of the most endagered democrats ( these are the guys most favored to lose this fall) and then let them "scream america's anger" for a day..nothing real gets done ...just wasted time, effort and resources.

    June 16, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  19. JES

    You haven't done a thing to help except acting like a bunch of thugs.

    Get off your throwns and start trying to find solutions not create more problems.

    June 16, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  20. Hammerer

    Speaking about 'taking his hide off" Stupak has a lot of room to talk. After selling his vote for obamacare this guy has a lot of nerve to criticize anyone's actions.

    June 16, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. Audrey

    This BP fiasco is sounding very much like the Toyota bashing. All the other oil companies are just as guilty as BP, but they are all sitting under the radar and letting BP get totally attacked because they are the "foreign ones". All the other car companies, Ford, G.M. Chrysler have also had recalls with sticking brake pedals, gas pedals, etc. but only Toyota is called on the carpet for you to rail at. You almost have to wonder who is benefitting from these disasters. Instead of looking in your own back yard (like who made the rules) it seems to be much easier to bash the foreign entities.

    June 16, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. SLP

    For the love of all that is sane! Our government has gone off of the deep end. Let me remind you, Senator, that BP had requested permission from the state of Lousiana to drill in much shallower water and was granted that permission. However, the federal government wouldn't let them drill there. They stepped in and told BP that they had to drill where they did. You can't take control and regulate everything and then pass the blame when something goes wrong. This is what happens when the free market isn't allowed to work the way it is suppose to. And another thing, why is BP giving this money that is supposedly being used to compensate gulf coast businesses to a bunch of politicians. Hate to break it to you, gulf coast residents, but you will be lucky if you see a dime of it. This crooked administration will give it to the labor unions that they are so enslaved to. Obama doesn't care about you. He is just using this crisis to pass his energy policies. You know, the ones that will be the final nail in the coffin of this country.

    June 16, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  23. Bob in PA

    We have a bunch of morons in Congress. Stop playing petty politics. Lets take care of the problem at hand Ladies and Gentlmen. There will be plenty of time to deep fry BP later. Only two things matter, Get the oil cleaned up and get the leak stopped.

    June 16, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  24. I agree, but words don't go near far enough

    BP needs to feel the pain

    the execs need to feel the pain

    take their houses, retirements away

    jail time would send an important message

    execs think they can play with people's lives, with the environment and that with business it is an acceptable risk, what ever the risk, because business is good, we need business, there is no higher calling

    NO, business is not more important than teachers, firemen, police, social workers, nature, children's welfare

    enough with the wall street is SOOOOOOOOOO important mentality

    it is all to apparent where this line of bad prioritiies has taken us

    June 16, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  25. Get A Grip

    What is with these Dems and their thug threats..."boot on their neck", "kick ass" and now "hide off". And to think the Dems would have us believe their the party of "tolerance". Well, they are very good at NOT practicing what they preach.

    June 16, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
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