Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight today voted to subpoena internal White House documents related to the Solyndra loan guarantee. All committee Democrats voted against the resolution.
“Subpoenaing the White House is a serious step that, unfortunately, appears necessary in light of the Obama administration’s stonewall on Solyndra,” Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) said in recent statement.
Energy Committee Republicans began looking into the Solyndra loan earlier this year. This summer, the committee subpoenaed documents from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which was responsible for reviewing the risks of providing Solyndra the guarantee, which was part of the president’s economic stimulus.
The authorization for the subpoena is the next step in ensuring congressional access to White House documents that are specifically related to the Solyndra investigation.
Solyndra Inc., a solar panel manufacturer, received a $535 million government loan but recently laid off 1,100 workers and filed for bankruptcy.
According to Solyndra's website, the company filed for Chapter 11 protection because they "could not achieve full-scale operations rapidly enough to compete in the near term with the resources of larger foreign manufacturers."