Even as hurricane season begins, the Senate is poised to pass a massive new bill to authorize $12 billion in flood control and other water projects that would repeat the mistakes of the past. By failing to respond to the lessons from Hurricane Katrina, the bill would spend vast sums of money while making the country more vulnerable to floods by encouraging people to develop structures in flood-prone areas, increasing the devastation when a flood eventually hits.
On Tuesday, May 9, Environmental Defense, the National Taxpayers Union, Taxpayers for Commonsense, and the National Wildlife Federation released a report documenting the flaws with the existing system and highlighting lessons to be learned from Hurricane Katrina. The Washington Post published two articles this weekend detailing the government's contribution to the disaster
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