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Tea Party's Dick Armey slams Obama's BP oil spill response

At a Monitor lunch for reporters Wednesday, tea party leader Dick Armey said Obama's actions on the BP oil spill run afoul of the Constitution.

At a Monitor lunch for reporters Wednesday, Tea Party Leader Dick Armey said that Obama's actions run afoul of the Constitution.

"Tea party" leader Dick Armey sharply criticized President Obama’s approach to dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf Wednesday.

At a Monitor-sponsored lunch with reporters in Washington, Mr. Armey, co-chairman of FreedomWorks, said, “The Constitution does not envision the president of the United States saying that 'I will decide what compensations, what redress will be elicited from a British-owned company.' There are courts for this purpose. My own view is that the Constitution is far ahead of the game compared to where this president is with his current fulminations about what he will decide about whose butt to kick.”

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Armey served as House majority leader for a 10 year period ending in 2003.

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The Associated Press reports that, under pressure from the Obama White House, BP will set aside $20 billion to pay those who have suffered as a result of the worst environmental disaster in US history. The fund reportedly will be led by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw payments to families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.