Obama to meet with oil spill commission heads

President Barack Obama will huddle Tuesday morning with the co-chairs of the bipartisan commission he created to investigate the oil spill and needed changes in offshore drilling oversight: former Florida Sen. Bob Graham and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator William Reilly.

The White House meeting is private but Obama is scheduled to make a Rose Garden statement afterward.

The event continues a recent escalation in Obama’s public response to the ongoing Gulf of Mexico spill and comes amid criticism that the administration has not been aggressive enough. Obama held a lengthy press conference last Thursday and the following day traveled to Louisiana to tour the affected area.

Graham is a Democrat and Reilly, who headed EPA under President George H.W. Bush, is a Republican.

An executive order last month gives the new commission six months to produce a report on the “root causes” of the disaster and the needed improvements in federal laws, rules and industry practices.