Monday, September 19, 2005

A New Start for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

As a result of Democratic leadership and public outcry, President Bush finally recognized that the federal response to this disaster must be managed by a capable, qualified leader. Together, Democrats in Congress and the American people brought qualified leadership to the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Michael Brown has now resigned as FEMA Director after being sent back to Washington D.C. and Admiral Thad Allen, an emergency response professional, has been put in charge of the federal management of this crisis on the ground. With qualified, experienced, and effective leadership on the ground, we can work together to provide the victims of Hurricane Katrina with the income, food, clothing, and housing resources they desperately need to begin the long process of rebuilding their lives.

That does not mean that the rest of the Administration has been held accountable. A thorough investigation is still absolutely necessary, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an Anti-Fraud Commission to ensure taxpayers' money goes to those in need, not to fraudulent contractors.

Read About Leader Pelosi's Proposed Anti-Fraud Commission >>

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