Obama to meet with oil spill commission heads

President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Democrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman MORE 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.