By Ben Geman - 11/18/10 02:23 PM EST
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) — the top Republican on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee — quickly pushed back against Rep. Doc Hastings’s (R-Wash.) bid to bring energy jurisdiction under the Natural Resources Committee.
“Jurisdictional raids are old-time, K Street politics. Energy and Commerce members have always been united in defending the committee's jurisdiction. That hasn't changed,” said Barton spokeswoman Lisa Miller on Thursday.
Hastings is floating a plan that would consolidate energy oversight under the Natural Resources Committee that he is set to chair next year. The panel would be renamed the Energy and Natural Resources Committee under his plan.
Barton is locked in a battle for chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee when Republicans rule the House next year.