Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today to mark the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:
"Today, we remember the moment seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina made landfall, the levees fell, and the floodwaters rose in New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Coast. Leaving homes destroyed, communities decimated, businesses and schools in ruins, this natural disaster unveiled a human tragedy of poverty and neglect too long ignored.
"In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, our nation learned together of the urgent need to always be prepared and to work across federal, state, and local agencies to respond quickly to any emergency. We learned the importance of never forgetting the less fortunate, whether they sit in a storm's path or beyond it. We learned that Americans must come together to assist our fellow citizens in danger.
"The lessons of Katrina have been on full display in recent days, with Hurricane Isaac reaching the Gulf Coast. From President Obama to Congress, the federal government has offered its support and resources, and continues to coordinate with local authorities to ensure the safety of their communities. We will uphold our commitment to aid the recovery and assist neighborhoods and families.
"With Hurricane Katrina still fresh in our minds, the thoughts and prayers of all Americans still rest with the loved ones of those lost seven years ago. Today, the American people stand by their side -- to keep bringing jobs and growth back to the Gulf Coast, and to complete the work of recovery."