Joe Barton's file:
Barton

Republican from Texas

Joe Barton is a Republican congressman from Texas. He was formerly the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee and served as that committee’s ranking member while the Democrats were in the House majority.

Recent statements involving Joe Barton

"Hidden" in the healthcare.gov code is language that means users "waive any reasonable right to privacy of your personal information."

Says U.S. greenhouse gas "emissions are at 20-year lows."

"Eighty percent of the oil we're discovering, we're discovering in the deep Gulf" of Mexico.

Says you can buy four light bulbs for $1.99 at Walmart, while a single compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) costs "$10 a pop."

Democrats have said that "even one hearing (on the stimulus bill) would be one too many, and that we have a single day to approve these five complex propositions that will affect the lives of millions."

Recent stories featuring Joe Barton

Low wattage claims:

The House approved two amendments Tuesday night to repeal a Bush-era law on light bulbs  Here's a compilation of our many fact-checks on the light bulb law and what it would really do.

Lawmakers, Perry stand up for incandescents:

Texas lawmakers and Gov. Rick Perry have taken a stand for the right of every Texan to buy Texas-made incandescent light bulbs. The proposal just signed into law reminds us that we’ve illuminated bulb claims before.

Mailbag: "Reassign the PolitiFact staff to obits.":

The election's over, but we're still busy checking claims that make us wonder. And readers keep writing when they disagree with the rating...

Congress takes the ball on Obama's playoff promise:

Obama promised to "throw his weight around" for a college football playoff system, but it's Congress that is playing offense.

Your guide to the economic stimulus bill:

For two weeks, you've heard claims that the bill includes lots of goodies — millions for Filipino veterans, ACORN and programs for sexually transmitted diseases. We sort out the truth.

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