Hurricane Katrina Response
Senator Collins and Senator Lieberman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a press conference to release… read more
Senator Collins and Senator Lieberman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a press conference to release their findings and recommendations to be included in the Hurricane Katrina report that would be presented to the full committee for approval the following week. Their report was highly critical of the Federal Emergency Management Agency which was characterized as a “a symbol of a bumbling bureaucracy” that must be dismantled. The report called instead for a National Preparedness and Response Authority whose head would report to the secretary of Homeland Security but serve as the president’s top adviser for national emergency matters, akin to the military role played by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Senators Collins and Lieberman led the seven-month bipartisan investigation of the government’s preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina that resulted in the examination of 830,000 pages of documents, 22 hearings that included 85 witnesses, and interviews of over 320 witnesses. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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