New Way Home: Findings from the Disaster Recovery Subcommittee Special Report and Working with the New Administration on a Way Forward, Hearing Before the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery of The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, March 18, 2009 [open pdf - 7MB]
From the opening statement of Mary Landrieu: "Today, of course, we have come to have our first hearing finalizing a 9-month investigation of the many problems associated with the Federal Government's response to the great housing need created by not just the storms, Hurricanes Rita and Katrina; not just in Louisiana, but Mississippi, to some degree Alabama, and Texas; but also the failed response to the catastrophic flooding that exacerbated an already terrible situation. And this is the report. I want to say that my Ranking Member was not the Ranking Member when this report started, so I want to thank him for his cooperationwith this hearing. He, of course, has reviewed-and his staff- this report and will have his own comments. But I want to begin before my formal remarks by saying this is not an 'I got you' hearing, but this is a hearing to suggest that there are some startling findings that have been a result of this report. And it is to lay the groundwork for a better response for the future, and that is what we remain hopeful for as we move forward."Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mary Landrieu, Lindsey Graham, Nancy Ward, Nelson R. Brego´n, Karen Paup, Krystal Williams, and Reilly Morse.
S. Hrg. 111-86; Senate Hearing 111-86
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