Senate kills attempt to set up independent Katrina commission

(Capitol Hill-AP) Sept. 14, 2005 - An attempt to set up a panel to investigate what went wrong with federal, state and local governments' response to Hurricane Katrina has been scuttled.

Establishment of the independent, bipartisan panel patterned after the 9/11 Commission body was proposed by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. But she was unable to muster the two-thirds majority vote needed to overcome procedural hurdles.

That doesn't necessarily mean the idea is dead.

A CNN-USA Today Gallup poll taken earlier this month shows 70 percent of those surveyed support an independent panel to investigate the government's response to Katrina.

Only 29 percent were opposed.

Posted 5:45pm by Chantelle Janelle