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WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee chairman on Friday threatened to hold the head of the EPA and a White House budget official in contempt of Congress for not handing over documents about new smog requirements and a decision blocking California greenhouse gas limits.
Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California, chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, said he'd hold a vote in his committee next week on a contempt resolution, if he doesn't get the information he wants.
He made the threat in letters to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson and Susan Dudley, administrator for information and regulatory affairs at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Waxman and others have complained about evidence that the White House intervened with the Environmental Protection Agency to produce more industry-friendly outcomes on both the smog and greenhouse gas issues. Waxman has issued a series of subpoenas to learn more, but weeks have passed and neither EPA nor the Office of Management and Budget has fully complied. Waxman said Friday he'd waited long enough.