March 8, 2006


Bush Orders DHS to Create Center for Faith-Based Aid (Spencer S. Hsu, 3/08/06, Washington Post )

President Bush ordered the Department of Homeland Security yesterday to create a center for faith-based and community initiatives within 45 days to eliminate regulatory, contracting and programmatic barriers to providing federal funds to religious groups to deliver social services, the White House announced last night.

Pressed both by churches that have not received privately raised Hurricane Katrina relief funds as promised and by the outpouring of help of religious groups to Gulf Coast storm victims, Bush also called on the department by September "to identify all existing barriers . . . that unlawfully discriminate against, or otherwise discourage or disadvantage the participation" of such groups in federal programs.

In signing an executive order, Bush asked the department to develop pilot programs, conduct outreach and provide technical assistance to the groups in concert with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

The departments of Justice, Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services have similar centers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2006 1:00 PM

Didn't you read Novak's piece the other day where he qoutes Congressman and others predicting the GOP is going to get crushed because they botched Katrina so badly?

Posted by: AWW at March 8, 2006 1:56 PM

Katrina stopped being an issue as soon as the storyline became drowned black people.

Posted by: oj at March 8, 2006 2:04 PM

Yeah, AWWW, I read it. It was mainly a kvetch session for one Rep. Richard Baker, who's irate that his precious mortage-lender-bailout bill was struck down by the White House.

Though NoFacts truly showed his ignorance when he called Katrina-flooded homes "supposedly flood prone."

Posted by: Brad S at March 8, 2006 4:07 PM

Right, the correct formulation should be, "allegedly flood prone."

Posted by: erp at March 8, 2006 4:47 PM

Brad - I forgot to put sarcasm notes in my post. Novak has gotten pretty lame.

Posted by: AWW at March 8, 2006 10:38 PM