House Panel Votes To Subpoena White House Over Solyndra

Source: Matthew Mosk / ABC News

A House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee voted Thursday along partisan lines to subpoena White House documents related to Solyndra, the politically connected solar company and flagship of the Obama administration’s green energy program that received a half-billion dollar federal loan before going bankrupt.

The vote in the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee split along party lines, 14 to 9. The Republican majority said the subpoenas were necessary because the Obama administration had delayed or rebuffed requests for documents related to the California solar panel maker. The Democratic minority said the White House has been cooperating.

“We simply cannot allow the executive branch at its highest levels to pick and choose what they will produce, or whether they will produce anything at all,” said Rep. Cliff Stearns, R.-Florida, who heads the subcommittee.

“I wish it had not come to this,” said Rep. Fred Upton, R.-Michigan, who chairs the full committee. “[The subpoena] is a tool we use sparingly, and only as a last resort. Today, it is our last resort.”

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