House Votes to Give Subpoena Power to National Commission on the BP Spill

The House of Representatives Wednesday voted to give the National Commission investigating the BP spill the authority to subpoena witnesses and documents.

"I don't know any member would want to deprive that committee from getting to the facts," said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA).

The vote was 420 to 1 with two members voting present.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) cast the sole nay vote. The two "present" votes came from Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Gary Miller (R-CA).

Miller voted present because he owns stock in Transocean and decided to recuse himself from all matters connected to the spill.