Across the Southeast

Congressman vows aid for Gulf recovery


PASS CHRISTIAN, MISS. - A key congressman reassured beleaguered teachers and school administrators Monday that Congress is working to speed recovery in the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Louisiana.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., noted a House bill that would provide millions of dollars for affordable housing on the coast nearly two years after Hurricane Katrina. He also said the Democrat-led Congress would support removing the Federal Emergency Management Agency from the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Clyburn is part of a 13-member congressional delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a two-day tour of areas still struggling to recover. They are looking to tout progress and determine where more federal help is needed.

Congress has provided more than $116 billion to the Gulf Coast since Katrina, but much of it hasn't been spent, and the money that has been distributed was largely for short-term and emergency needs.

- Associated Press