Democratic senators calling on BP to put $20B in special account for oil spill damages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators want BP to set aside $20 billion to pay for cleanup and other costs from the Gulf oil spill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to send BP a letter on Monday proposing the account. That's two days before BP executives meet with President Barack Obama and three days before chief executive Tony Hayward testifies at a House hearing.

A copy of the letter was released Sunday by Reid's office.

BP has promised to pay for damages. But Obama also wants BP to create a special escrow account, though he hasn't suggested an initial amount.