Hurricane Relief

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HurriSenator Kit Bond has angered Texas colleagues by suggesting that Texas forgo compensation for accommodating hundreds of thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

Bond spoke up yesterday as the Senate Appropriations Committee weighed President Bush's request for 20 (B) billion dollars in relief for the Gulf Coast.

The Missouri Republican said he thinks community block grant money should go to Mississippi and Louisiana for their post-hurricane needs. Speaking of Texas, he said: "I think it's time we get back to being a good neighbor and not a paid companion."

Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison responded angrily. She says she's given full support to other states' requests for post-disaster relief -- including hundreds of (M) millions of dollars sought by Missouri after devastating floods in 1993.