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  Hastert was against the emergency funding before he was for it
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News DateFriday, September 2, 2005 03:05:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionJust 48 hours ago, Roll Call reported that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged Speaker Dennis Hastert to have a special session to appropriate relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, but the Speaker's office said it didn't plan to hold a vote this week because FEMA has things under control.

[Hastert spokesman Ron] Bonjean said calling Members back to town this week is not the best course of action.

"There is a humanitarian rescue operation going on right now, as we speak," Bonjean said. "It is difficult to get a real assessment on the amount of damage done, which makes a special session unlikely. In addition, emergency relief services such as FEMA have billions of dollars at hand to help with the initial relief."

Last night, however, Roll Call reported that Hastert's office has not only embraced Pelosi's idea, they now want credit for the whole thing.
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