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October 19, 2006 3:00 AM

Democrats outline reform plan for federal emergency response

Congressional Democrats, trying to draw a stark contrast to the Bush administrations response to Hurricane Katrina, laid out recommendations Thursday for a legislative agenda that would radically change the federal response to emergencies. Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi, who chairs the Democratic leadership-created Katrina Task Force and who lost his home in the hurricane last year, presented the findings, hitting hard on what he described as a need to overhaul the insurance industry.

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