Governor Defends Mississippi

A report on the handling of relief and recovery after Hurricane Katrina this week blasted government at virtually every level.

On Friday, Gov. Haley Barbour commented on the report for the first time. Barbour says he hasn't been able to read the entire report yet.

"In Mississippi they saw people who hitched up their britches and immediately went to work helping themselves and their neighbors, but in the newspaper reports, you don't see any mention of Mississippi in any of these reports," said Barbour.

Meanwhile, Cong. Chip Pickering said Friday he expects Congress to pass disaster reform legislation before the 2006 hurricane season begins in June.

Pickering says that House report unveiled how slow, bureaucratic and inefficient federal disaster response has been.

In the wake of the Katrina report, Sen. Trent Lott has also introduced legislation to re-establish the Federal Emergency Management Agency as an independent, Cabinet-level agency that reports directly to the president.

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