As lawmakers consider another $50 billion for Katrina recovery efforts, two senators want to create a new federal entity to manage the relief work.
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Although the National Response Plan gives DHS the ability to sidestep standard bureaucratic procedures in catastrophic situations, it isn’t clear if the department used that power.
Every affected household will be granted $2,000 in emergency disaster relief.
Flurry of lawsuits filed at state level prompt varying responses from courts.
More than 40 percent of Americans said federal agencies had done a bad or terrible job, but 35 percent rated the response effort as good or great.
After evacuations, government faces huge challenge of providing long-term housing, education and jobs for Hurricane Katrina survivors.
Chairmen may not be guaranteed a seat on the panel, and Democrats may not be given equal representation on the committee.
Bills just the beginning of assistance, lawmakers say.
Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., said government officials at all levels share blame for "inadequate" preparedness and response.