Washington D-C – Republican Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi is meeting with relief organizations working to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Enzi is chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He says all of these areas will be influenced by the recent disaster.
Enzi and ranking committee Democratic Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy met behind closed doors with representatives of the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other relief organizations.
We put that together in very short order for congress. "We had our first listening session today and we'll have something more formal on Thursday. Right now we're open to any ideas that people might have".
The entire 19 member committee will discuss Thursday how to provide more funding for the relief efforts.
Enzi also raised the possibility of spinning FEMA out from under the Department of Homeland Security, making it an independent agency - as it was three years ago.