S. Hrg. 109-789: Hurricane Katrina: Community Rebuilding Needs and Effectiveness of Past Proposals, Hearing before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, One Hundred ninth congress, First Session, September 28, 2005 [open pdf - 7MB]
From the opening statement of Charles E. Grassey: "The American people have been generous in our charities' response to the needs of the people of the Gulf States region. The Finance Committee has responded quickly and decisively to this tragedy, because last Friday the President signed into law the immediate task relief package worked out by the House and Senate. I thank the senators from those States who have worked very closely with us on that, and also the members of the committee who have as well. We hope to pass the needed health care and income security package as well. Senator Baucus and I have been working together on these packages and will continue to do so with the product that comes out as a result of this hearing. And, Senator Baucus, I want to say that I appreciate your cooperation and leadership as well. Today, then, we are moving to that next stage. We are moving beyond the immediate needs of individuals and into the area of rebuilding the region. With respect to this committee's jurisdiction, the Federal policy initiatives are in the areas of taxation, international trade, health care, and income security. As we move into this next stage, we need to marry up our compassion for the displaced persons and damaged communities with our attention to fiscal discipline. We need to find the most efficient and effective ways to use Federal resources under this committee's jurisdiction to carry out the overall policy of rebuilding. " Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Max Baucas, Kathleen Blanco, Haley Barbour, Bob Riley, George K. Yin, Diana Aviv, Gary P. LaGrange, and Jean-Mari Peltier.
S. Hrg. 109-789; Senate Hearing 109-789
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