House leaders query Citgo on oil discounts for needy

Two US House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders have requested information from Citgo Petroleum Corp. about the Petroleos de Venezuela SA subsidiary’s program to provide heating oil at a discount to needy US families.Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), who chairs the committee, and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), who chairs its oversight and investigations subcommittee, noted media reports over several months that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was interested in such a program.“Unfortunately, many of President Chavez’s public statements concerning the United States government suggest that his purportedly altruistic motives may camouflage his true motivations,” the two lawmak...

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