“You can’t have a committee making the decisions that are going to impact this entire coastal area,” he said on CNN’s “State of theÂ Union” program.
Riley, a Republican, said decisions were being stalled because each government agency represented on the “unified command” running the response has a veto on decisions advanced by other government agencies.
As an example, he said a Coast Guard plan for protecting theÂ Alabama shoreline has been held up for 45 days because another member of the committee is reviewing it.
“You can’t continue to do that. We’re going to have to have one person who makes the call on what we do and where,” he said.
His comments came just days before President Barack Obama makes another trip to the region to review progress in containing the spill, which has affected the shorelines ofÂ Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and theÂ Florida panhandle.
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