Pryor looks for better government planning

Oct. 22, 2005 at 11:10 AM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., said as Hurricane Wilma moved toward the United States the lessons form Hurricane Katrina must be learned quickly.

"Hurricane Katrina has taught us that government can do a better job of caring for Americans in need," Pryor said Saturday in the Democrats' weekly radio address. "To do so, Congress and the (Bush) administration must work together. Democrats stand ready to do this and believe there is no better place to start than with the current legislative session."

Katrina swept ashore at the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,000 people and devastating wide areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The government response to the storm has drawn much criticism.

Many of the poor in the affected area lost all they owned. This weekend, Hurricane Wilma is heading toward the United States, with landfall expected in Florida Monday.

"Democrats will also continue to investigate where the government failed in its response to Hurricane Katrina and fix those failures so that no American will ever again be victim to such neglect and indifference," Pryor said.

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