Obama to Host Bipartisan Senate Meeting on Energy

Posted June 25, 2010 at 12:34pm

Updated: 4:16 p.m.

President Barack Obama will meet with a bipartisan group of Senators on Tuesday to discuss the path forward for comprehensive energy legislation, the White House announced Friday.

The meeting was originally scheduled for last Wednesday but was postponed. Lawmakers invited to the meeting include Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).

Obama has been trying to jump-start stalled energy legislation in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill, which he has referred to as “a wake-up call” on the need for reform. He has been personally reaching out to a number of GOP Senators, including Scott Brown (Mass.) and George LeMieux (Fla.), to try to build momentum on the issue.