February 19, 2006 - Posted at 1:20 p.m. CST
WASHINGTON (AP) _ At least one Democratic senator is calling for
big changes at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Connecticut's Joseph Lieberman tells ABC's ``This Week'' that
the agency has become a ``joke,'' especially to people in the Gulf
He says the agency should be dissolved and rebuilt before the
upcoming hurricane season.
But Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says it's too
close to the next hurricane season to start retooling the agency.
Chertoff told NBC's ``Meet the Press'' that ``nature doesn't
wait for us to do yet another reorganization.''
Chertoff, the Homeland Security Department and FEMA were roundly
criticized in a House report last week on the government response
to Hurricane Katrina last summer.