Governor Bob Riley and the governors of Mississippi and Louisiana will be in Washington today to testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The governors were summoned to Washington by Mississippi Senator
Thad Cochran, chairman of the Senate spending panel, to talk about
the extra 18 (b) billion dollars in hurricane relief requested by President Bush last month.
A spokesman said Riley and Alabama Emergency Management Director
Bruce Baughman will discuss the plight of Bayou La Batre shrimpers
whose boats were beached by the huge storm and have not received
assistance from the federal government or insurance companies.
Last month Riley said he would use foreign donations to pay for the estimated one-to-two (m) million dollars needed to refloat the 25 boats. So far none of the vessels are back in the water.
Katrina blew ashore August 29th, killing more than one-thousand-300 people and causing billions of dollars of property damage in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.