Leaving American disaster victims to languish is morally reprehensible and un-American.
Keeping our kids engaged and in school must become a national priority.
I’ve introduced eight bills to fight for support for our small businesses and ensure we get funding to rebuild public housing – among other things.
I welcome a discussion on a long-term, pro-active approach to disaster relief for Americans. Until Congress arrives at a conclusion, however, we must continue to honor America’s honorable tradition of helping Americans recover for natural catastrophes.
High school dropout rates nationally – Not enough is being done on this issue.
In D.C., I’ve passed amendments to allocate $6.3 million to keep our waterways open for business, $1 million as a down payment on our wetland restoration – our natural storm protection – and $5 million to ensure that drilling permits are reviewed thoroughly and efficiently.
There are a lot of stats and a strong correlation between dropout rates and crime as well as poverty.
These past years, as we have been recovering and given our city a rebirth, we have been encouraged by our faith, knowledge, and steadfast belief that we will pull through. There will be challenges and setbacks, as there have already been, but we will continue, and we the citizens of New Orleans will prevail in bringing our city back.
Imagine if, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Gulf Coast residents had to wait on Democrats and Republicans to agree on cuts before receiving clean water or loans to rebuild. Congress’ negotiations often come slow or not at all.
I’ll never forget Hurricane Katrina – the mix of a natural and a man-made catastrophe that resulted in the death of over 1,500 of our neighbors. Millions of folks were marked by the tragedy.