Senate GOP fine with Obama spill commission subpoena power

But Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who happened to be on the Senate floor at the time, was forced to object on behalf of the Republican caucus.
 
A trio of Senate Democrats — Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Defense: Trump leaves door open to possible troop increase in Middle East | Putin offers immediate extension of key nuclear treaty Putin offers immediate extension of key nuclear treaty Biden reveals four women he could pick as his running mate MORE (N.H.) and New Jersey’s Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezForeign Relations Democrat calls on Iran to release other American prisoners GOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution The job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' MORE and Frank Lautenberg — quickly held a press conference to deride Republicans for catering to oil companies.
 
But Stewart accuses Democrats of manufacturing drama on the Senate floor to score political points.
 
"Four minutes was not enough time to hear back from all the members (particularly the committee of jurisdiction, which was a little busy with someone named Kagan)," Stewart wrote. "I don’t know of any objections that came back. But we don’t make a habit of agreeing to things without checking with everyone first."
 
Stewart noted that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Wednesday approved a plan by Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoTrump announces restart to Taliban peace talks in surprise Afghanistan visit Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid MORE (R-Wyo.) to create a new oil spill commission appointed largely by Congress that would have subpoena power. "I do know that there is bipartisan support for efforts, such as the Barrasso proposal that cleared the committee, to get all the information we need, including subpoenas," Stewart said.