President Barack Obama pushed congressional leaders Thursday to pass energy, financial reform and jobs measures, even as they grapple with oil spill.

 

He said he and the Republican and Democratic leaders had discussed the Gulf crisis, and all had agreed on the importance of considering how to update U.S. law to ensure victims of the spill are protected.

 

But he said he wanted Congress to pass during its current session his measures to boost the economy, generate jobs and aid small businesses and his sweeping financial regulatory reform bill.