WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is asking Congress for $15 million to pay for the presidential commission that will investigate the BP oil spill.
President Barack Obama made the request in a letter Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Obama has insisted that BP pay all costs associated with the spill, and the company agreed to a $20 billion victims' compensation fund on Wednesday. But there are a few costs that taxpayers will have to bear and paying for the operations of the commission is one of them.
The co-chairs of the commission are former Florida Sen. Bob Graham and former Environmental Protection Agency head William K. Reilly.