June 22nd, 2010
08:32 PM ET
8 years ago

Sources say WH meeting on Senate energy bill postponed

President Obama had planned to meet Wednesday with senators from both parties.

President Obama had planned to meet Wednesday with senators from both parties.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called Tuesday for the Senate to "stand up and move forward" on the issue in the aftermath of the Gulf oil disaster.

"This has to be a wake-up call to the country, that we are prepared and ready to move forward on a new energy strategy that the American people desperately want but for which there has been insufficient political will," Obama told reporters after a Cabinet meeting at the White House.

However, two Senate leadership aides told CNN later Tuesday that the White House abruptly postponed a planned meeting Wednesday with senators from both parties to try to reach agreement on a proposal that can pass the Senate.

The Senate aides, one from each party, did not know why the meeting was called off.

The White House had portrayed the talks as a chance for all participants to pitch their best ideas, similar to the health care summit earlier this year that emboldened Democrats to push through a Senate bill with no Republican support.

However, sharp differences between the two parties are evident, as well as some infighting among Democrats over what kind of final proposal would have a realistic chance of getting the 60 Senate votes needed to pass.

Updated: 8:32 p.m.

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  1. michaelam

    Please televise the meeting! Please! The world is watching and will witness the GOBP for what it truly is.....the party of BIG OIL!

    June 22, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |

    Wer need an energy policy in this country..........We need energy reform now. tHESE damn gopERS, AND SOME bLUE dogs ARE REALLY MESSING Progress up..........Just imagine if the senate had 67 DEM seats.........All bills needed to move America forward would be passed........

    June 22, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Marty, FL

    Godspeed, Mr. President.

    The timing is critical for both sides to approach comprehensive energy solutions for our country.

    June 22, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Randolph Carter says:

    "If mankind doesn't affect the atmosphere, how do you explain the ozone hole growth stopping once we banned CFCs?"

    Well, Randolph... I'm no expert, but the effect that CFCs have on ozone are easily repeatable in the laboratory. The effect of carbon on a planetary scale? Not so easy.

    June 22, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. rob

    Obama and the Dems have been running around calling the Republicans names and trying to rub some of the blame of the Oil spill on them. Now Obama wants to invite them in for a discussion on getting this bill through? The Republicans are fools to go along with these people, the Dems will stab them in the back just like always.

    June 22, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Greer June 22nd, 2010 4:49 pm ET
    "It might be helpful if he actually includes some people that know and work in the energy business. His usual list of intellectuals he puts on these committees have never worked in the private sector. Obama is starting to feel like an anchor on our countries productivity."

    Because the private sector did such a swell job running the economy, rebuilding Iraq and drilling for oil? Have a nice day!

    P.S. I hate to appear intellectual, but it should read, "some people WHO know..." and, "our COUNTRY'S productivity."

    June 22, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Agnes

    Quote from CNN "So we need to put a price on carbon to let the private sector create the jobs and the energy industries we need," Lieberman said.
    The three leading Senate proposals include:
    – the aggressive measure by Kerry and Lieberman that would cap carbon emissions and create a system for trading carbon credits;
    – a scaled-down version of cap-and-trade that would directly refund revenues raised under the program back to consumers, being offered by Collins and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington; and,
    – and a measure already approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that would mandate increases in alternative energy sources and open new areas of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling."

    Trading carbon credits? Just like absolution for sins on the death bed.
    More drilling on the ocean floor? Is not 60,000 barrels bleeding forth from the ocean floor a day enough? And this from one site alone. How many more sites are waiting to collapse?
    Is the ocean bipartisan? No. Only humans are and only humans wantonly pillage and destroy for profit. Don't be concerned though you can always trade in your carbon credits....

    June 22, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Nadeem

    The people of the Gulf are getting on my last nerve. They want to live on a flood plain beauce it is 'there way of life' when it floods the feds are the problem and have to clean up the mess. They want unsafe offshore drilling with no regulation and oversight and when that does not work they go crying like a bunch of babbies to the feds.

    Next time you have a disastier have Mary MAdeline and James Carville clean it up. I am tired of the crybabies in the gulf who beacuse of the decision they make have consequences and when they dont like the consequenses, they blame the feds. What a bunch of losers. Stop spending our tax dallars on your mistakes. And the GOBPers need to stop defending big oil just beauxe they give them money. Represent thre people already.

    June 22, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Dennis

    Oh Ron, you are so clever!!! Do you mean scamdown like everything that George W did? And speaking of the party of KNOW, did you KNOW that 90% of the deficit that YOU rail about was incurred under a Republican administration? It's true, spend a little of your gray matter and look it up. Reagan's starwars, Reagan's bailing out the S & L's, Bush's tax cuts to the rich (to create jobs????) Bush's 2 wars account of 90% of the deficit. When Ronald Reagan became President we had only 1 trillion of deficit, where were we after "W". Do you KNOW what the price of gasoline was in 1999 before "W". Do you KNOW just how much bailing out the banks has cost you in terms of zero interest on your investment. For the Republican party supposedly KNOWING everything, they certainly ran this country into the ground. Or did they do it KNOWINGLY because THEY certainly seem to have gotten rich off your tax dollar. That is what I KNOW.

    June 22, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. rob

    @ usualone who said:

    "If the Republicans were sincere, they would produce suggestions."

    You need to get your information from some other sources besides DNCNN or MSNBC or you just don't care and you "Hate" all Republicans. As a matter of fact I'd be willing to bet you were against everything Bush did no matter what. You are exactly who the Democrat party reaches out to through the liberal media. You are full of hateful emotions. You are irrational and wouldn't care about the truth if it was right on the tip of your nose.

    June 22, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Pat in Omaha

    I am proud that the President is trying, once again, to reach across the aisle. But I hope, after the other side simply blocks every idea and has none of their own, that he pushes ahead. PLEASE put this on television!! PLEASE!! Everyone should see what happens here...
    And BTW, Mr. President, please begin understanding and looking toward nuclear power!! It is the cleanest and most effective form of energy we have.......seriously look into it!

    June 22, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Gregg2

    If the GOV wants to give TAX BREAKS to companies that reduce carbon or come up with energy alternatives or be more energy efficient... Similar to how you get a tax break for improving your house to be more energy efficient... Then i'm all for it.. In fact I encourage it... Maybe even something special for inventors and designers for alternative energy. I always liked the idea of a bonus/reward for inventors and designers of alternative energy cars.. If you can get past the big car companies and big oil influence you deserve a reward..

    But to put a TAX on carbon or pollution.. that is just plain STUPID because that extra cost will go straight to you me and every other american out there and anyone who says otherwise is just plain lying to you!!!! Politician or not i'm sure everyone reading this has had their electric or gas bill go up on them and why do you think they do that.. because they have additional costs and it will not change.. no amount of government influence or regulation will change that.. extra costs are passed on to consumers every single time period... so please please please do NOT put a tax on carbons because your just going to tax the people!

    June 22, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    Marie MD June 22nd, 2010 4:55 pm ET

    Yeah, and make sure barton is right in the middle of the table. Then again, don't let him into the WH just ask him to step down from the energy committe.
    Nice try but th EXECUTIVE BRANCH does not control the LEGISLATIVE. Obama does not get to pick whose on what committee. THATwould be unconstitutional! Maybe that doesn't matter to the left!

    June 22, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Please stop messing up

    Energy reform? More like energy takeover.

    Reform fixes the problem. Obama and his minions are more interested in pushing their agenda–no matter what effect it has on US (or world) citizens.

    The 'reform' on the healthcare industry has already started costing citizens and companies $$$, as well as jobs. What a joke.

    p.s. Cap and Trade is the worst possible policy. It doesn't conserve energy. If just raises costs and makes Obama's friends wealthy on the backs of US citizens (Spain tried it. Didn't work).

    June 22, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    IMpossible. The GOP doesn't want bipartisanship. They want another Bush-dictatorship put in place. Just do what you have to do, Mister President, and ignore the GOP. Until they grow up and stop acting like spoiled 7 year olds, this country has no use for them.

    June 22, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. JonDie

    Why? We all know that Republicans, in spite of what they say in public, will all line up behind BP and the oil companies.

    June 22, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. 60s survivor

    GOP are against progress want everything to remain the same or regress. if they regain controll we will all be swimming in an oily soup and drinking it too. not just the poor fishes and seabirds.

    June 22, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Dano

    Bipartisanship is a great thing when both parties put the good of the country ahead of personal & party interests, but the GOP will not even consider doing that. Unfortunately with the advent of legalized bribery (I mean free speech, unlimited monetary contributions) the votes of most politicians is up for sale to the highest bidder.

    June 22, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. David in Houston

    Bipartisan talks? Why bother?

    It's not like the GOBP'ers will bring anything useful to the table!

    Get ready folks...more foot-dragging, kicking & screaming on the way...

    June 22, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. phoenix86

    American Patriot – a "real" tea partier June 22nd, 2010 5:34 pm ET

    IMpossible. The GOP doesn't want bipartisanship. They want another Bush-dictatorship put in place. Just do what you have to do, Mister President, and ignore the GOP. Until they grow up and stop acting like spoiled 7 year olds, this country has no use for them.

    You are dillusional. Obama has done more damage to your liberty than all the presidents before him. You're just too liberal to acknowledge the truth.

    Liberals are like the germans who refused to see the danger they were voting for in the 1930's.

    June 22, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Mike Krueger

    I have to give President Obama tons of credit, he keeps trying the bipartisan route and meets nothing but roadblocks every time from the GOP. I know the thought on the left is why bother but at least he can say he has tried and the GOP has done nothing but as the saying goes, said NO. It is really sad for American politics that the art of compromise is lost. The GOP lost the last election but from their positions you never would have guessed it. They will accept nothing short of their entire agenda. Pretty shameless but what else do you expect from the GOP.

    June 22, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. BB

    Why waste time meeting with Republicans?
    51 votes, majority rules.
    Get it done!!!

    June 22, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Quit being the slaves to Big Oil and selling out. We need Green alternative energy now. Ban all production of vehicles that get less than 20 mpg. Reduce oil consumption.

    June 22, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. chris

    Obama trying another bipartisan talk with Republicans? Let me make a prediction what will happen. The entire GOP delegation will spend the whole time sitting there with their arms crossed, and just saying "No" over and over again. Then afterwards, every conservative in the country will immediately forget about this meeting – along with all of Obama's other meetings with Republicans – so they can accuse Obama of never making an attempt at bipartisanship and that he keeps stubbornly refusing to compromise.

    The guiding principle of the GOP is "My way or no way!". Even though they are the minority, the Republicans insist Obama and the Democrats should be bending over backwards to suit them.

    June 22, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. ajax

    Nothing this president ever does is bipartisian !!!!

    June 22, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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