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FCC chairman says Internet fast lanes not 'commercially reasonable'

FCC chairman says Internet fast lanes not 'commercially reasonable'

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) --FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler defended his approach to new rules meant to protect the openness of the Internet against a skeptical congressional committee Tuesday.
Gabrielle Levy
Panel tells Sebelius to bring 'real numbers' on enrollees next time

Panel tells Sebelius to bring 'real numbers' on enrollees next time

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Health and Human Services head Kathleen Sebelius was told to bring health coverage data when she returns before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce panel.
House adjourns without vote on shutdown, debt limit

House adjourns without vote on shutdown, debt limit

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Tuesday adjourned until noon Wednesday without voting on ending the government shutdown or extending the debt ceiling.

Lakota sale to Thailand gets green light

BANGKOK, June 27 (UPI) -- EADS North America has been given the green light to sell six of its UH-72A Lakota helicopters to Thailand.
U.S. lawmakers express privacy concerns over upcoming Google Glass

U.S. lawmakers express privacy concerns over upcoming Google Glass

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- Eight members of Congress say they're concerned Google's wearable computer, Google Glass, could violate the privacy "of the average American."
Lawmakers riled by Google iPhone tracking

Lawmakers riled by Google iPhone tracking

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Three U.S. lawmakers urged the Federal Trade Commission to grill Google after it admitted secretly tracking millions of people's iPhone and Mac Web browsing.
Gingrich's roller-coaster campaign

Gingrich's roller-coaster campaign

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich was at the top of the heap when he orchestrated the sweeping GOP takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives and his taking up the speaker's gavel.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

House panel to give online poker a chance

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. House energy and commerce committee Wednesday scheduled a hearing next week that some see as a first step toward legalized Internet gambling.
Eco-friendly light bulbs debated

Eco-friendly light bulbs debated

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- House Republicans say they'll try to block the government's efforts to transition the country from incandescent light bulbs to more energy-efficient options.

Obama, Biden, make top quote list

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The vice president's use of profanity to describe the passage of healthcare reform was among the Top 10 political quotes of the year, The Hill said.
Congressman calls moratorium 'stupid'

Congressman calls moratorium 'stupid'

DALLAS, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The Obama administration's temporary moratorium on oil-drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is "stupid" and will cause prices to climb, a Republican congressman says.

Emanuel takes aim at Barton, GOP

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said Sunday Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton's apology to BP typifies the GOP view that BP is the "aggrieved party."
BP's Hayward: 'I am not stonewalling'

BP's Hayward: 'I am not stonewalling'

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- BP President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward apologized Thursday for the gulf oil spill but denied "stonewalling" in testimony to a U.S. House panel.
Texas Republican backtracks on BP apology

Texas Republican backtracks on BP apology

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- A Republican U.S. congressman says his apology to BP, which drew a storm of criticism and calls for him to step down from a House committee, was misconstrued.

House bill seeks college football playoffs

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A House subcommittee passed a bill Wednesday aimed at establishing a national championship game in major college football.
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U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House in Washington on June 15, 2006. Behind Bush are Rep. Joe Barton, R-TX, Rep. Joe Pitts, R-PA, and Rep. Fred Upton, R-MI. (L TO ) (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Joseph Linus "Joe" Barton (born September 15, 1949) is a Republican politician, representing Texas's 6th congressional district (map) in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1985, and a member of the Tea Party Caucus. The district includes Arlington, part of Fort Worth and several rural areas south of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. During a Congressional hearing, Barton apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the White House's investigation of the Gulf oil spill, calling it a "shakedown", which promptly raised controversy.

Barton was born in Waco, Texas, the son of Bess Wynell (née Buice) and Larry Linus Barton. He graduated from Waco High School. He attended Texas A&M University in College Station on a Gifford-Hill Opportunity Award scholarship and received a B.S. in industrial engineering in 1972. An M.Sc. in industrial administration from Purdue University followed in 1973. Following college Barton entered private industry until 1981 when he became a White House Fellow and served under United States Secretary of Energy James B. Edwards. Later, he began consulting for Atlantic Richfield Oil and Gas Co. before being elected to the United States Congress in 1984.

Barton made his first run for elected office in 1984, when he entered the Republican primary for Texas's 6th congressional district after six-term incumbent Phil Gramm left his seat to run for the United States Senate that year. He finished first in the five-candidate field and defeated Max Hoyt in the runoff. He then defeated the Democratic nominee, former state representative Dan Kubiak, in the general election with 56 percent of the vote. He was one of six freshmen Republican congressmen elected from Texas in 1984 known as the Texas Six Pack. He was held to 55.8 percent of the vote in 1986 against Democrat Pete Geren (who would later be elected to Congress from a neighboring district), but hasn't faced another contest nearly that close, usually winning with over 60 percent of the vote. The Democrats didn't even put up a challenger in 1998 or 2000.

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