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 ShaheenSunday shows - Recession fears dominate Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel MORE (N.H.) and New Jersey’s Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezPelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid House passes temporary immigration protections for Venezuelans Senate panel advances bipartisan bill to lower drug prices amid GOP blowback 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 BarrassoIf Democrats want gun control, they must first concede defeat Conway: Republican concerns about gun reform 'all reconcilable' Five proposals Congress is eyeing after mass shootings 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.