By Ben Geman - 01/31/11 10:52 PM EST
“I fully support bipartisan efforts to improve federal regulations to increase job growth while preserving the core safeguards these regulations were intended to protect,” Cummings states in the letters.
“But since Chairman Issa has refused to provide Democrats with copies of the industry responses he has received to date, we have no choice but to request them ourselves. Withholding Committee records is not only a violation of House rules, but a waste of time that could have been avoided with the smallest degree of bipartisan cooperation,” he adds.
The roughly 150 corporations, trade groups and think tanks Issa queried include a substantial number of energy companies and energy trade associations, such as the Edison Electric Institute, the American Petroleum Institute, Duke Energy and ExxonMobil.