Washington (CNN) - Before an Oval Office meeting with President Obama Wednesday afternoon, Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown told a Boston radio station he's concerned the president will use the oil spill to pass a national energy tax sending jobs overseas.
Brown spoke in the morning with WBUR, the Boston NPR affiliate, following the president's Tuesday night address to the nation about the ongoing oil spill.
"I wish he would spend more time focusing on how we are going to clean up the spill and how we are going to contain it," Brown said. "And less time trying to pass the blame … and also trying to push, I feel, a national energy tax that will ultimately drive jobs overseas. That seems to be where they're headed."
Brown and Obama are scheduled to sit down at 2:30 p.m. ET in the president's West Wing office. The meeting is closed to the press.
"I'm going to talk, I'm presuming, about his national energy tax idea, and I'm sure he'll bring up immigration, and then I'm going to try to focus on jobs and see what the plans are to try and get this economy moving again," Brown told WBUR.
Critiquing the president's Tuesday night Oval Office address, Brown said he's hearing from his constituents the administration has been too slow.
"I think people wanted more, they wanted more of an explanation of how they're going to mitigate," Brown told WBUR "They don't expect him to put on a wet suit and go down and plug the hole ... but they do expect the Coast Guard, the Corps of Engineers, EPA, and the administration to help mitigate and execute the emergency plans ... and that's not happening."
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser