May 25, 2010 / 6:32 PM / 7 years ago

Obama urges Republican backing on energy bill

<p>U.S. President Barack Obama walks away after he speaks about the economy and small businesses in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, May 25, 2010.Larry Downing</p>

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.

Reporting by Matt Spetalnick and Alister Bull, editing by Jackie Frank

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