The Times-Picayune reports today on congressional trips to New Orleans next week as part of the current inquiries on the government’s response to the hurricane:
With Congress still in recess, the flow of House and Senate members to view damage caused by Hurricane Katrina is expected to continue apace. On Tuesday, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is expected to conduct a hearing in Mississippi and take part in a public “listening” session at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with Mayor Ray Nagin after a city bus tour. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., the top-ranking Democrat on the committee, also is expected to attend. The committee has 10 more Katrina-related hearings scheduled before it writes a report on the government’s response to the storm to be completed in March. On Thursday, Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., and members of his House Select Committee on Katrina are expected to be in southeast Louisiana on their own post-hurricane tour.
No word yet on the HSGAC’s website as to the specific topics of those ten hearings, or on the upcoming agenda of the House Katrina Committee. But expect this to dominate homeland security activity on the Hill for the first 6-8 weeks after the House and Senate return from recess.