President Barack Obama will sit down with Sen. Scott Brown on Wednesday afternoon to discuss energy reform legislation, among other topics, a White House aide said.
The Massachusetts Republican is scheduled to meet with the president at 2:30 p.m. in the Oval Office.
Their meeting comes a day after Obama addressed the nation on the Gulf oil spill and framed the disaster as a wake-up call to Congress to get moving on stalled climate change legislation.
The House narrowly passed a bill last year with a contentious cap-and-trade provision at its heart, but that provision has stalled the issue in the Senate. Senate Democrats have been working toward producing some type of energy bill, with a special caucus on the subject slated for Thursday.
“In the coming weeks, he will be reaching out to Senators on both sides of the aisle to chart a path forward,” the White House aide said. “The president is committed to finding the votes for comprehensive energy legislation this year.”