Obama urges Republican backing on energy bill
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged Senate Republicans on Tuesday to work with him on energy legislation, telling them the Gulf of Mexico oil spill added urgency to those efforts.
"The president told the conference that the Gulf oil disaster should heighten our sense of urgency to hasten the development of new, clean energy sources that will promote energy independence and good-paying American jobs," the White House said in a statement after Obama met Republicans on Capitol Hill.
"He asked that they work with him on the promising proposals currently before Congress," the statement said.
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