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"For the past few days, we've seen devastating images from Gulf Coast communities as families struggle to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been touched by this disaster.

Congress is now working to provide billions of dollars in emergency funding for disaster relief. Those dollars are desperately needed, and I want to stress that this funding is only a first installment. I will work with my colleagues and the White House to make sure the region gets the help it needs.

Throughout our country, Americans are donating their time and money to support the relief effort, and I invite Washingtonians to participate through organizations like the American Red Cross ( I want to thank everyone who is working to help respond to this tragedy.

As Americans, we come together in times of need. This is one of those times, and together we will rise to the challenge. Katrina has broken levees, but she cannot break our commitment to help our neighbors in need."