http://www.lpsg.org/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=42 During a congressional hearing this morning, Barton suggested that BP's $20 billion contribution to an escrow fund for damages from the oil spill came after a White House "shakedown," and he apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the so-called "shakedown." He was referring to BP's agreement, at the urging of the White House, to make the contribution to an independently-run fund. Biden today called Barton's remarks "astounding" and "outrageous." The White House's interest in seeing BP contribute to an escrow fund was not a "shakedown," the vice president said. "It's insisting on responsible conduct and a responsible response to something they caused." After coming under intense criticism for his remarks Barton apologized for his apology to BP and use of the term "shakedown". And other Republicans in Congress called for him to step down from his position as top Republican in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Should Barton heed their call and step down from his position?