House leaders query Citgo on oil discounts for needy

02/27/2006
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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