Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Small Businesses, Hearing Before the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, United States Senate, First Session, September 22, 2005   [open pdf - 336KB]

From the opening statement of Hon. Olympia J. Snowe, "I appreciate Administrator Barreto for being here today and for leading the Small Business Administration in its disaster relief efforts. I understand the Administrator spent a few days in the Gulf region and I look forward to your firsthand insights and testimony. I also want to welcome the small business representatives from the second panel to testify on the extraordinary and almost inconceivable challenges they face in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and as they seek to rebuild both their lives and their livelihoods and I thank you for taking the time to be here at this most difficult crossroads in your own lives. Two of our colleagues on this Committee, Senator Vitter and Senator Landrieu, know personally the extent of the magnitude of the devastation as a result of the hurricane in their own State of Louisiana and the entire Gulf region, and our hearts and prayers go out to them and their constituents. I just want them to know that we are here for them and we will do whatever it takes to help with this in the days and months ahead. On Monday, I, along with the Commodore in the Coast Guard toured the region, as well, from both the air and the ground and saw firsthand the horrors that have been left behind. House after house, business after business ravaged and ruined by the cruelties of wind and water. Without question, the damage from Hurricane Katrina will be prevalent long after the flood waters recede and the levies are reconstructed. Equally evident is this unshakable responsibility we have to bring the full resources of the Federal Government to bear in repairing the damage as quickly as humanly possible. The Small Business Administration will be at the forefront of this massive relief effort. We can and must do no less than to strengthen its resources to help the people of the Gulf arise from this tragedy." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Olympia J. Snowe, Johnny Isakson, Mary L. Landrieu, David Vitter, Michael B. Enzi, John F. Kerry, John Thune, Hector V. Barreto, Herbert L. Mitchell, John Rowland, Woodrow J. Wilson, Jr., Richard Harris, Alta Baker, Mary Lynn Wilkerson, Michele Sutton, Thomas S. Swindall. C. Edward Rowe, John K. Lopez.

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S. Hrg. 109-408; Senate Hearing 109-408
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