Democrats in Congress have asked for an independent panel, similar to that which investigated the events of September 11, to look into what went wrong in the federal government's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina.
Embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, however, has "shrugged off" those proposals, according to the Houston Chronicle. Speaking to reporters, DeLay "mocked" Democrats who have said they will boycott the panel unless its composition is altered.
Apparently, the GOP's image is more important to DeLay than uncovering the truth to prevent future tragedies of this magnitude.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi responded to DeLay's dismissal, saying "the truth is not obtained by having two Republicans go in a room and decide how it's going to be obtained. This Congress has a record of obstruction when it comes to oversight of the administration," she said. "They know serious mistakes have been made."