President Bush went back on the Gulf Coast to meet Tuesday with local officials and business leaders about Hurricane Katrina recovery work. He also got updates on Hurricane Rita and its 85 mph winds.
Bush's fifth trip to the ravaged region began amid a Mississippi tent city. The presidential motorcade passed massive piles of debris and an array of homes and damaged storefronts. He went on to New Orleans to visit a business trying to get back on its feet.
Later this week, the president heads to Alabama, Texas and Arkansas to thank people for helping evacuees.
Members of Congress continue to look for answers as to how the government will pay for the rebuilding. Conservatives say they want the president to find offsets in the budget to defray the massive cost of reconstruction.