Sen. Obama in New Orleans

January 29, 2007

Reported by: Associate Press

U.S. Senator Barack Obama will tour New Orleans today to highlight the slow pace of the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

The Illinois Democrat is expected to formally announce his presidential candidacy next month. The visit comes about a month after John Edwards kicked off his Democratic presidential bid in New Orleans.

Obama will join members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in hearing testimony on the government's response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Obama also plans to join committee members on a tour of some of the city's most devastated neighborhoods.

In remarks prepared for the committee, Obama questions whether the federal government is doing its part to help New Orleans rebuild. Obama also says he wants to know if the health and housing needs of the city are being met, and whether waste and fraud reported in government contracts has been eliminated.