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FEMA Director to Congress

By: AP
By: AP

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says the government must help persuade Hurricane Katrina victims to move back to disaster-stricken areas.

FEMA acting director David Paulison also reminds Congress that states hit by the storm "are suffering tremendously."

In testimony prepared for a Senate panel, Paulison noted that people cannot and should not be forced to move back. But he says the federal government needs to coax people back so they can rebuild the Gulf Coast "better, safer and less vulnerable if disaster strikes again."

The FEMA chief is one of a bevy of Bush administration officials appearing before a half-dozen hearings today to update Congress about Katrina's aftermath.


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