November 3rd, 2011
11:13 AM ET

White House to face subpoenas on Solyndra

A House panel voted Thursday to subpoena the White House for documents related to solar energy company Solyndra.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on oversight and investigations voted 14 to 9 in favor of issuing the subpoenas for internal documents regarding the decision to issue more than half a billion dollars in federal loan guarantees in 2010 to Solyndra, which later filed for bankruptcy.

The decision followed a contentious debate among subcommittee members.

Some Republicans have accused the Obama administration of stonewalling, while some Democrats insist the administration has been forthcoming.

Federal analysts looking at the proposed Solyndra loan in 2009 warned then of possible problems, as well as pressure from the White House to speed up a decision, according to a memorandum released last month by congressional investigators.

Approved in May 2010, the Energy Department's loan allowed Solyndra to build a factory in Fremont, California, to produce state-of-the-art solar panels.

Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in late August and closed its doors, however, putting more than 1,000 people out of work after it received $535 million in loan guarantees.

The bankruptcy leaves the federal government unlikely to get the loan money back. President Barack Obama touted the company in a widely publicized visit last year.

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  1. Maki

    Is the I-word floating around again?
    Obama sent 100+ drones, 3x more than bush. He murdered an American. He allowed Fast and Furious. If he were a Republican or white he would of been locked away years ago.

    Now Solyndra? It's about time this dictator is dethroned.

    November 3, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • AC

      The only dictator we've ever had is Dick Cheney. No matter what Obama tries to do, nut cases like you will always find fault.

      November 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    A little more than stonewalling here. Stonewalling covering slush funds, funneling to the Presidents re-election campaign fund. AMERICA WANTS TO KNOW THE TRUTH.
    Leave Herman Cain be.

    November 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    Why is Herman Cain exempt from the transparency you desire?

    November 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @banasy Transparency? Cain signed a confidentiality agreement, which disallows him to investigate accusatory statements being levied against him. Someone wants to smear him, just because he is exercising his right to run for President. In your own mind that's fair.

    November 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Richard in Texas

    Let the witch hunt commence.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jj

    A half a billion dollars??!!! then they suddenly go bankrupt? something definately stinks to high heaven. OWS needs to go to the white house send Obomba a message to quit spending money like its goin out of style.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jj

    with that money that disappeared ,most likely into ceo's and politicians pockets, every person in america coulda been a millionaire and then some! something is fishy and i for one want some darn answers.

    November 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jj

    texas dick, this is hardly a witch hunt. i simply would like to know where a half a billion of my dollars disappeared to. that hardly is not too much to ask. thx again mr president. love ya man. keep up the great work 2012 is around the corner and your time is very limited because of your almost daily plunders. sincerely, jj

    November 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. slider

    It is only the taxpayers money. Why should the administration care.

    November 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • AC

      Yes. The Iraq war was paid for, or rather not paid for, with taxpayer money. Why should we care? Because we're paying for it now!

      November 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    I said it b4 and I will say it again Gee what yot wanta bet they wont find anything,just a big show

    November 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jj

    yes of course the wars were paid for by us. but Obomba has spent more that all the presidents ever COMBINED! i find it hilarious that all the usual people on here have nothing to say ab:)out this! except for banz. duck and run!!! LMAO! pansy asses challenge me on this one i dare you

    November 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    I asked you a question.
    That's all.
    Why is that such a problem for you today?
    Do you need a hug?

    November 4, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. s kel

    Unlike you lying repugs, yeah I agree lets see if there were any shakey dealings with this solar power plant. At least libs dont worship and noseass like you sneakass conservitivies do.

    November 4, 2011 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |