CLYBURN TO LEAD BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO GULF COAST
Lawmakers Return to Region, Delivering on Promises, Establishing Partnership for the Future
WASHINGTON, DC—House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today announced that he will be leading a bipartisan congressional delegation of approximately 15 House members, including the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, to the Gulf Coast region just prior to the two-year anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The trip, which runs from August 12-14, will allow Democratic Members to return to a region they visited a year ago and assess the impact of the legislation they passed in the first stage of their new majority.
“Last August, we came to the Gulf Coast region on the one-year anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to assess the recovery.” Clyburn said. “We set to work meeting with local officials, touring the region and determining the needs around infrastructure, education, health care, public safety and housing. We made a commitment to do better to help the Gulf Cost.”
“We took our work from that trip and applied it immediately, and in six short months of a new majority we delivered on our promises,” continued Clyburn. “Next week we must assess the progress in the Gulf Coast region, and establish a partnership for the future.”
The three-day trip will focus on the progress made and outstanding needs in the areas of education, housing, health care and infrastructure. In Louisiana, the lawmakers will hold a policy conference with local and state officials, visit the Lower 9th Ward, tour the St. Bernard Health Center, visit a New Orleans school, tour the New Orleans levee system, and visit the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. In Mississippi, Members will tour the consolidated Pass Christian school system, visit a family living in a formaldehyde-laced FEMA trailer, take a windshield tour of Pass Christian and hold a town hall meeting in Bay St. Louis on insurance reform.