There is a scandal in this country - it is a scandal called Hurricane Katrina. It is a scandal about incompetence and cronyism; it is a crisis of failed leadership by the government in Washington. And you - the survivors, those who are committed to rebuilding your homes and communities, deserve the truth about what went wrong and why. And you deserve better answers.
That's why Democrats have called for the creation of an independent commission so we can get the important documents that the Administration refused to release. Committee subpoenas are ignored, and as we have said, the Administration is hesitant, reluctant, will not investigate its own failures.
But don't take my word for it. Just last week, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Bush Administration failed in its response to Hurricane Katrina. Specifically, GAO cited the Bush Administration for lack of leadership, excessive bureaucracy, and a failure to heed lessons learned from past natural disasters.
For months, Democrats have been fighting here in Congress for expanded housing efforts to meet the needs of Katrina's survivors. Unfortunately, we have encountered opposition every step of the way, and that's why it is so critical that you are here. . . .
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"So whether you are talking about FEMA and the first response, which created a second disaster after the natural disaster, or this long-term recovery, it's a scandal.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Pelosi's views, early this year, about Katrina: