WH requests Congress spend $15 million on commission to investigate oil spill disaster

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. Obama has given them six months to look into everything from the causes of the spill to the safety of offshore drilling.