We owe the people of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama a full measure of national compassion. Instead, in response to these enormous problems, the bill before us simply sends a lump sum of money that forces these hard hit states to bear another burden. What we're sending covers less than half of the cost of regular unemployment claims caused by the disaster. There's no money at all to extend expiring benefits, or to supplement the meager benefits currently available.
Does anyone really believe this is the best we can do?