Senator Salazar Calls For Independent Investigation Of Katrina Response

Colorado Senator Ken Salazar calls for an independent investigation of the government's response to Hurricane Katrina. Although a bill that was introduced by democrats to the U.S. Senate this week was voted down, Salazar is continuing the push. The independent investigation democrats are calling for would be similar to the 9/11 commission. The Colorado Senator says President Bush must show courage and leadership by backing the idea. In a meeting at his Denver office Sunday Salazar says an independent commission would investigate what went wrong in the response from local, state, and federal governments and to determine how to avoid similar problems in the future. While the democratic measure was rejected, Salazar says the formula of the 9/11 commission is the best approach for answers adding that it should not be a political issue. With a potential cost of $250–Billion dollars to rebuild the gulf coast, Salazar is also asking the President to avoid the possibility for corruption by supporting an idea for a Chief Financial Officer to oversee the dispursment of the funds.
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