Updated at 10:33 a.m. on June 30.
Can President Obama, in his meeting this week with a bipartisan group of senators, rally the chamber to pass climate and energy legislation?
The meeting comes after Senate Democrats huddled last week to hash out a plan on the issue, the second time in two weeks. While no consensus emerged on a specific proposal, Democrats expressed a unified message that Congress must pass a bill now, citing the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and impending EPA regulation. But many key moderates, including Sens. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, did not attend.
What is your blueprint for how the White House should help lead the efforts to get 60 votes for a climate and energy bill? What -- if any -- specific proposal should Obama throw his support behind? Is the president's involvement a must-have for legislation to pass?
Obama Pushes Bill, Avoids Details
Following the meeting Tuesday, Obama released a statement affirming his support for putting a price on carbon emissions. But he also signaled openness to other approaches and stayed out of the legislative weeds, instead leaving leadership in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
How do you interpret Obama's statement and the senators' remarks after the meeting? Can senators rally around a bill that prices carbon emissions of utilities only, or should the Senate push forward with an energy-only bill? Is there enough time to get anything done before the August recess?