The Clarion-Ledger, 7/23/8

A Democratic congressional delegation wrapped up its four-day tour of the Gulf Coast on Tuesday with a promise to continue meeting the region’s recovery needs nearly three years after Hurricane Katrina.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress already has earmarked billions of dollars to build stronger levees, replenish the region’s housing stock and fund improvements in education and health care.

The federal government’s financial commitment to Gulf Coast rebuilding will last far beyond the third anniversary of the August 2005 storm and can serve as a model for financing improvements in other parts of the country, the California Democrat added.

“One of our initiatives is to rebuild the infrastructure of America, and this is a great place for us to make that investment,” Pelosi said during a press briefing at a park in New Orleans’ French Quarter.