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Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs said the administration is ready to take over the handling of oil spill damage claims from BP if the British company doesn't set up an "independent entity" to do it.

Speaking from Washington, Gibbs said the oil giant's claims processing work has been unsatisfactory. He noted that Obama "has the legal authority" to make the claims process independent. And Gibbs also said "the best way to prevail upon BP is to take the claims process away from BP."

Interviewed on CBS's "The Early Show," Gibbs pledged "that will happen. ... The president will either legally compel them or come to an agreement with BP to get out of the claims process, give that to an independent entity."

Another White House official said that Obama, in the presentation, will outline a clear plan for responding to the spill and helping the country to surmount America's worst-ever environmental disaster.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, oil executives faced hearings in Congress on the disaster.

President Barack Obama headed to Florida on Tuesday after promising that life would return to normal for people on the stricken Gulf Coast, and BP said by the end of June it would contain three times as much oil spewing from a ruptured undersea well.

Obama plans a national address later Tuesday on the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. On a trip to Mississippi and Alabama on Monday, he assured residents that the government will "leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before."
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