ABC's Dean Norland reports:
House GOP leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, confirmed Wednesday that Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, will keep his job as the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce committee.
Barton, R-Texas, created public stir last week when he accused the White House of a “shakedown” for demanding that BP set up a $20-billion compensation fund and then apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the US government's actions.
Barton later publicly apologized for his remarks when GOP leaders told him he could lose his powerful position as ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
At a closed-door meeting of the House Republican conference on Wednesday, Barton apologized again.
“Mr. Barton apologized to the members, for, in his words, for his poor choice of words," Boehner told reporters at a news conference. "He retracted his statement last week and he apologized and I think the issue is closed. The real issue here is not what Mr. Barton said," Boehner added, pointing the finger back at the White House. "It is let’s get the oil leak stopped , let’s get the mess cleaned up , find out what happened and make sure it never happens again.”