Washington (CNN) - One of President Obama's fellow Democrats is warning that if BP's latest attempt to stop the oil spill is unsuccessful, the president must take complete control of the increasingly dire situation.
"If this thing is not fixed today, the president doesn't have any choice and he better go in and completely take over, perhaps with the military in charge," Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla, said in an interview Wednesday with CNN.
"The military has an apparatus, the organization by which it can bring together the civilian agencies of government and to get this thing done." said Nelson.
Nelson's comments reflect growing frustration among lawmakers in Congress – even in the president's own party – that the administration has not done enough to stop the spill and quell the damage.
The Florida Democrat, who has been a long time ardent critic of BP, also said there must be immediate changes at the Minerals Management Service, the agency tasked with overseeing oil drilling that has come under fire for cozy relationships with industry officials and mismanagement.
"I think the president is going to have to have Secretary Salazar clean house in the Minerals Management Service," said Nelson, who accused the agency of letting the oil industry "rule the roost."
Nelson's comments come a day after sharp words to the same effect from moderate Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine.
She told reporters it’s not "practically apparent at all that there is any single person in charge at any level."
"I think it requires the president of the United States amassing all the federal resources to help the governors in those respective states and to make sure this oil spill is contained and solved," said Snowe, "and getting all the people in the room and not just leaving to BP - sort of a trial-and-error approach everyday. And you got to understand who is doing what."