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    WASHINGTON (CNN) President Obama will send two Cabinet officials to the Gulf Coast next month to assess progress in rebuilding the region that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, the White House announced Friday.
    The president is also extending the operations of a federal office tasked with overseeing reconstruction efforts along the Gulf Coast. Obama signed an executive order keeping the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding open through Sept. 30, 2009. It was initially scheduled to close at the end of this month.
    “The residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast who are helping rebuild are heroes who believe in their communities and they are succeeding despite the fact that they have not always received the support they deserve from the Federal government,” Obama said in a statement. “This executive order is a first step of a sustained commitment by my Administration to rebuild now, stronger than ever.”
    The office was established by former President Bush in November 2005.
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will head to the region on March 5 and 6.
    Obama extends aid for Gulf Coast
    It's nice to have a president that doesn't ignore the Gulf Coast, as if Katrina never happened.

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    might wanna talk to the army corps of engineers to get their opinion on the substandard levees too.. they were the ones squawking to Bush that they needed serious shoring up..
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    Exactly. It doesn't matter how much you rebuild the Gulf Coast, if the levees are still shitty and substandard it's pointless.

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    They have always been denied the funds. Actually the funds were all but stolen and used elsewhere. Dumb.
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    My brother lives in Biloxi, MS. He was kind of ticked (to put it mildly) that it seemed like all the attention was put on New Orleans and many people kind of forget the havoc Katrina wreaked on MS.

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