Wednesday, September 07, 2005

House cancels Katrina hearings

They suddenly remembered that the accountability moment passed after election.

The House majority leader late Tuesday tried to deflect criticism of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina by saying "the emergency response system was set up to work from the bottom up," then announced a short time later that House hearings examining that response had been canceled.

Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said House Republican leaders instead want a joint House-Senate panel set up to conduct a "congressional review" of the issue.

Hmm. But the Senate hearings seem to be going forward:

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Tuesday it has begun an investigation into the government's response to the tragedy. Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she expects public hearings to start next week.

I wonder if the cancelled hearings were those arranged -- without the blessings of higher-ups -- by Tom Davis?

Permalink posted by Jonathan : 12:24 PM

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