The Washington Times - June 18, 2008, 09:00AM

President Bush will call on Congress this morning to approve offshore drilling for oil in states such as Florida and California.

Bush is also considering reversing a ban on offshore exploration put into place by his father through an executive order in 1990. The White House has concluded that skyrocketing gas prices have made offshore drilling a necessity.

Bush will speak to the press in the Rose Garden at 10:35 a.m. His announcement will drag him into the escalating presidential battle between Sen. John McCain and the Sen. Barack Obama.

McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee from Arizona, on Tuesday advocated for offshore exploration , while Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee from Illinois, says such an action won’t do anything to reduce gas prices in the short term.



Jon Ward, White House correspondent, The Washington Times