Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownSanders, not Trump, is the real working-class hero A guide to the committees: Senate House bill would prevent Trump from lifting Russian sanctions MORE (D-Ohio) is warming to the idea of lifting the federal ban on domestic offshore oil drilling, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

Brown had been an opponent of lifting the ban, saying that it would do little in the short-term to lower the price of gas.

Republicans, including John McCainJohn McCainDrug importation won't save dollars or lives Dem rep Charlie Crist files for divorce Why the GOP cannot sweep its Milo scandal under the rug MORE, have pushed for the end to the ban. They have said that more drilling is needed to move the country away from a dependence on foreign oil.

Barack ObamaBarack ObamaObama and daughter Malia spotted at Broadway production Tom Perez embodies the Democratic Party. This is why he should lead it. Ex-Bush spokesman: 'Media should calm down' on limited WH briefing MORE has opposed the lifting of the ban, but he is receiving pressure from at least one prominent liberal blogger to change course. MyDD's Jerome Armstrong suggested Friday that Obama and Democratic leaders accept a more drilling in a package that includes non-carbon energy solutions.