Campaign 2010

Sep 15, 2005

Hostettler Votes Against the Truth on Katrina Response

DCCC Press

Sep 15, 2005

Hostettler Votes Against the Truth on Katrina Response

Today, Congressman John Hostettler (R-IN) Voted Against a Independent Panel Modeled After the 9/11 Commission Just One Week After Voting Against Hurricane Katrina Relief

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, in yet another stunning abandonment of his fellow Americans, Indiana Congressman John Hostettler voted against an independent commission to investigate the flawed government response to Hurricane Katrina. Americans deserve answers as to why so many were left behind in the Gulf States immediately following the recent hurricane.

"In a pattern of partisanship and harmful votes, Congressman John Hostettler denied Americans the answers we so deeply deserve," said Bill Burton, communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "By voting against the independent panel modeled after the 9/11 Commission, Congressman Hostettler has made it harder for Americans to learn the truth and prepare for future disasters. What Hostettler supported was only a very small piece of the investigation that is required. It is long past time for Hostettler's excuses, it is time for real leadership in Washington."

Voting Against Answers for Americans:

What Hostettler voted against:

The independent, blue-ribbon, bipartisan Katrina Response Commission would be modeled on the 9/11 Commission. Like the 9/11 Commission, this Commission would be made up of highly-regarded, prominent individuals who would have the public’s trust.

As with the 9/11 Commission, the key role of this commission would be to develop recommendations. Similarly, the Katrina commission would develop recommendations on how to ensure a robust, effective government response to a major disaster in the future, and how federal, state and local responses can be better coordinated.

Voting For Fewer Answers:

What Hostettler voted for:

The select committee being proposed by the Republicans is not bipartisan, nor is it independent. The select committee would not have an equal number of Republicans and Democrats and would not have bipartisan subpoena power. The 9/11 Commission provides us with a different model – it had an equal number of Republicans and Democrats and worked in a completely non-partisan fashion.

An investigation of a Republican Administration by a Republican-controlled Congress will not ask the hard questions that must be asked. The GOP leadership is proposing an "investigation" that would be completely Republican-controlled. The GOP leadership is proposing this partisan select committee despite the fact that the vast majority of American public is calling for the creation of an independent commission. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 76 percent of the public supports the creation of an independent commission, modeled on the 9/11 Commission, to investigate the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. The proposal drew strong bipartisan support: 64 percent of Republicans and 83 percent of Democrats were in favor.