Dayton stands alone against Bush on Katrina stonewall

What's worse than being a Senate Democrat slogging through committee work in the minority party and trying to get the Republicans to actually perform the whole coequal-branch-of-government, oversight thing on the White House? How about if the ranking Democrat on your committee, your go-to guy, is Joe Lieberman?

That's been the Sisyphean task faced by Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN) as one of seven Democrats on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs -- there are nine GOP members -- trying to get some straight answers on how the Bush administration managed to screw up so badly leading up to and after Hurricane Katrina.

Dayton was the only dissenting vote as the Committee issued a report last week, Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Unprepared, which capped its seven-month investigation into the preparedness and response to the catastrophic storm that wiped out much of New Orleans and coastal Mississippi. The Minnesota Senator voted against approving the draft report because "…it is seriously incomplete without the information, documents and testimony denied by the White House."

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