June 13th, 2010
10:53 AM ET
8 years ago

Riley frustrated with 'committee' approach to oil spill response

(CNN) – On the eve of President Obama’s fourth visit to the Gulf Coast region, the Republican governor of Alabama sounded a familiar tone of frustration with how the administration is handling the federal response to the Gulf oil spill.

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Gov. Bob Riley said Sunday that he would like to speak with the president about the administration’s “unified command” structure for the oil spill response.

“What we have is a committee. It’s a committee that essentially consists of all the different federal agencies sitting down here and as a committee each one has a veto over whatever policies we have,” Riley said on CNN’s State of the Union. “You can’t continue to do that. We’re going to have one person who makes the call on what we do and where.”

After painting a picture of an unnerving, never ending web of federal decision makers all weighing in to assert their respective jurisdictions and veto decisions by their counterparts, Riley told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that the situation was unworkable.

“You can’t have a committee making the decisions that are going to impact this entire coastal area.”

He added, “Someone is going to have to be in charge of each one of these operations. They’re going to have to make a determination about what we’re going to do and they’re going to have to set priorities.”

Riley said a wide net should be cast in the effort to compensate the public for economic losses related to the oil spill.

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