Washington (CNN) - President Obama met Tuesday with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House to discuss passing an energy and climate change bill this year.
Notably absent from the meeting: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina. Graham has been a key player in crafting legislation with Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York. Graham, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is involved in confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill.
Some of those attending included: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, Barbara Boxer, D-California, John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, Richard Lugar, R-Indiana and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.