"For almost six months time, between February and July, the Committee on Energy and Commerce sought unsuccessfully to have records delivered to it from the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Energy," he said. "It should not take a subpoena from a congressional committee for branches of the Executive Branch to supply us those documents. When we have questions, they need to respond."

Burgess said the administration needs to be as responsive in delivering documents as it is showing up for hearings, and called for Chu to testify.

"When we have questions, they need to respond," he said. "When we ask for information, they need to produce, and certainly, when we have a hearing, they need to attend.

"It's time for the Secretary of Energy to come before our committee, explain what he knew about this process, and clear the air once and for all for the American people," he added.