June 13th, 2010
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June 13th, 2010
10:53 AM ET
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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.

Filed under: Alabama • Bob Riley • BP • State of the Union
June 13th, 2010
09:29 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama to push BP to set up escrow fund to pay damage claims


A worker hired by BP helped to clean the beach in Grand Isle, Louisiana late last week. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will push BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg at their meeting Wednesday to create a BP-funded escrow account that will pay for a damage claims process administered by an independent third party, a White House official told CNN on Sunday.

"The president will make clear that he expects, and that if necessary will exercise his full legal authority to ensure, that BP sets aside the funds required to pay individuals and businesses damaged by this massive spill," the White House official said on condition of anonymity.

In addition, the official said, the plan would call for the money set aside by BP to be "paid out under fair, efficient, and transparent procedures administered by an independent third-party panel established just for this purpose."

–CNN's Dan Lothian contributed to this report.

Filed under: BP • Energy • President Obama
June 13th, 2010
09:15 AM ET
June 13th, 2010
09:13 AM ET
12 years ago

Update: Angle camp calls new Reid ad 'a deception'

Jerry Stacy, spokesperson for Nevada Republican Senate hopeful Sharron Angle, provided the following response to CNN regarding a new ad by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's re-election campaign:

"Harry Reid’s ad is a deception, designed to divert attention from Harry Reid’s own failures during a time when Nevada's unemployment is at a record 13.7 percent that was driven by a botched stimulus that failed to create the jobs Harry Reid promised while driving the federal debt over $13 trillion. Sharron Angle is not one proposing dangerous proposals to the economy; it’s Senator Reid who is – the bailouts, the stimulus, cap and trade, Obamacare, amnesty.

Social Security has become a broken system that Harry Reid is unwilling to sincerely address during all his many terms in office. Sharron believes that the government must continue to keep its contract with seniors, who entered into the system on good faith and now are depending on that contract. Meanwhile, we need to research fresh ideas and free market alternatives which offer other retirement choices to employees and employers, including new personalized programs that can be developed and offered to those still in their wage earning years."

Earlier: In new ad, Reid takes on challenger over Social Security

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
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