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Saturday, January 28, 2006

 

AP: Reid says Bush neglecting cities - Jan. 28

By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer

The Senate's Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, speaks to reporters after he chided President Bush, and Republicans in Congress, in a speech to the National Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2006. Reid accused Bush of shortcomings on the economy, Iraq, even the war on terrorism, warning the mayors, 'Cities are at risk because the Bush administration is too preoccupied with its political problems to properly prepare for another natural disaster or terrorist attack.'  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON - Cities are at risk because the Bush administration is too preoccupied with its political problems to properly prepare for another natural disaster or terrorist attack, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, right, told mayors from around the country Friday.

"Any one of your cities and towns could be the next New Orleans," Reid said at a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "The federal government owes it to you and your citizens to be prepared the next time disaster strikes."

The Nevada lawmaker said efforts to find out what went wrong after Hurricane Katrina illustrate how the administration's priorities are wrong.

Governments at the federal, state and local level have been harshly criticized for a slow response to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated coastal areas of Mississippi and Louisiana and flooded New Orleans. Yet the White House has been slow in helping Congress investigate what happened at the federal level, Reid said.

Reid said the investigation must be completed -- not to fix blame but to learn what needs to be done to avoid a repeat of the post-Katrina problems.

President Bush on Thursday defended the administration's level of cooperation, citing the thousands of administration documents given to congressional investigators. Responding to complaints that more information could be provided, Bush said that it would have a "chilling effect" on the ability of presidential advisers to speak freely.

Full AP-Yahoo News story.


Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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