From Sunlen Miller:
President Obama will receive his regular rounds of morning briefings, in addition to an update on the oil spill in the Gulf, this morning, according to the White House.
In the late morning Mr. Obama will sit down in the Cabinet Room with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Rep. John Boehner and Rep. Steny Hoyer. The White House says their meeting is on the BP oil spill, in addition to being a discussion on the "upcoming work period" and the economy.
Later in the day the president will meet with the family members of those killed on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the State Dining Room.
The president sent a letter to each of the families extending the invitation and "sharing his heartfelt sympathy on their tragic loss," the White House says.
The guests will include parents, spouses, siblings and children of the 11 workers who lost their lives in the explosion on April 20.
“The president will express his heartfelt condolences for the families of the 11 that lost their lives the very first night of the explosion," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. "I think he's eager to discuss with them what — what their family was telling them about safety conditions and what — what type of changes can and must be made in the regulatory framework to ensure that deepwater drilling that goes forward is done in a way that is — is safe and not life threatening.”
Gibbs said these victims are not forgotten.
“They were the very first victims of what is a very long and sad tragedy. It has changed the lives of many. It changed, first, the lives of those 11 families.”
Later in the afternoon the president will have a series of closed-door meetings separately with Sen. Specter, Secretary of the Treasury Geithner and business leaders and energy experts to discuss energy reform.
– Sunlen Miller