The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a field hearing on the local impact of the oil spill. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images: Grand Isle, Louisiana)
(CNN) - The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will open shop on the bayou Monday morning, holding a hearing in Chalmette, Louisiana.
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a field hearing on "Local Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill," near ground zero for the growing disaster.
At about the same time, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's response manager to the oil disaster, will be in Washington briefing President Barack Obama and the cabinet on the administration's ongoing response to the incident.
Also Monday, Carol Browner, the president's assistant for energy and climate change will host a video chat to answer questions from the public about the oil disaster. The chat can be viewed at WhiteHouse.gov or at the White House's Facebook page.
The expanding government response comes as the effects of the gusher are spreading along the Gulf coast.
Federal officials reported Sunday that dead birds with oil on them have been reported in Texas for the first time. Dead wildlife has been reported in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Texas.
The report came during a weekend in which oil company BP's senior vice president, Bob Fryar said the company was "pleased" with its operation to funnel crude up from the ruptured undersea well to a drilling ship a mile above on the Gulf of Mexico.
Fryar said the company funneled about 250,000 gallons of oil on Friday from a containment cap installed on the well to a drilling ship on the ocean surface.
On Saturday, BP had increased the amount of oil it was funneling to about 441,000 gallons to the surface. Federal authorities estimate that 798,000 gallons of crude are gushing into the sea every day.
Allen said Sunday that BP has made progress in its cleanup efforts, but cautioned it was too early to call the effort a success.
"We're making the right progress. I don't think anyone should be pleased as long as there's oil in the water," Allen said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Allen confirmed that BP has been able to bring oil to the surface after placing the cap, but said no one should be pleased until a relief well is completed and the leaking stops.
"This is an insidious enemy," Allen said. "It's attacking all of our shores, it's holding the gulf hostage, basically."
In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Allen described the current state of the spill as a series of pools, ranging from 20-100 yards to several miles in length.
"The spill has disaggregated over a 200-mile radius around the wellbore. It's not a monolithic spill. It is literally hundreds and thousands of smaller spills," he said.
Even as the administration has tried to distance itself from oil company BP in recent days - with the Justice Department launching both criminal and civil investigations into the disaster - it has not been enough to temper the frustration seething among residents along the coastline.
Florida Sen. George LeMieux, a Republican, demanded that BP donate $1 billion for a cleanup fund for the five Gulf states and said that President Barack Obama "needs to push them to do that."
"I want to see this president more engaged here on the ground, working through problems," LeMieux said.
On "State of the Union," Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said his state is "as ready as we can be," as the currents moved the oil eastward.
In addition to a declaration of a state of disaster, Florida has about 250,000 feet of boom spread around the panhandle and has another 250,000 feet available, Crist said.
Florida is also pushing BP to respond to claims made by business owners who are losing business and facing crisis because of the spill.
"In the short term, we want these claims to be responded to more quickly," Crist said. "These people need help, and we need to be there to try to make them as whole as we can during this very difficult process."
Tony Kennon, the mayor of Orange Beach, Alabama, confronted Fryar at a weekend news conference for not acting promptly when reports of tar balls washing ashore surfaced. Visibly upset, Kennon said local officials have been asking to meet with BP officials for over a month, but their requests went unanswered.
"If you sensed our frustration, you would have been here a lot sooner," Kennon told Fryar. "People in Orange Beach are starving to death now because they can't get out to catch the fish."
Allen said the Alabama incident the mayor referred to was the result of a mechanical failure where a boom became disconnected before a skimmer arrived to prevent the oil from reaching the shore.
Overall, however, Allen said it is the federal government who is charge of making sure BP is carrying out its cleanup responsibilities.
In an effort to respond faster, Coast Guard field commanders don't need approval to get cleanup equipment out, Allen said.
"If there's oil out there, they need to call in skimming equipment," he said. "We don't want them to go two or three levels up to higher authority to be able to do that. I've given direct orders to all my field commanders out there that when they see oil and they have the capability to respond and they're to do it."
Not all states were suffering equally the effects of the disaster.
In Mississippi, barely any oil had appeared on its shores, but its tourist industry was nonetheless feeling the pinch.
"The truth is we've had virtually no oil," Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told "Fox News Sunday." "If you were on the Mississippi gulf coast anytime in the last 48 days, you didn't see any oil at all."
The biggest effect the state has felt, Barbour said, was from media reports saying that the entire Gulf Coast was affected.
Mississippi's "tourist season has been hurt by misperceptions of what's going on down here," he said.