The Hill: Dems turning up heat on BP’s executives

Congressional pressure on BP intensified Monday as lawmakers prepared to grill company executives in hearings and urged the oil giant to set aside $20 billion for a Gulf spill relief fund.

With the deepwater oil gusher nearing the two-month mark, BP faces another week under the Washington klieg lights.

President Barack Obama will use his first Oval Office speech Tuesday night to address the deepening crisis.

The speech follows his fourth and longest trip to the Gulf Coast, where he met with struggling local business owners and pleaded for tourists not to abandon the region.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers readied a pair of high-profile hearings: one on Tuesday with CEOs from the top five oil companies, and another on Thursday in which BP chief Tony Hayward will testify for the first time since the leak began on April 20.