The US president has signed legislation to provide the equivalent of nearly 42 billion euros in additional funding for Hurricane Katrina victims.
It is the second time in a week that Congress has rushed through emergency aid,and George Bush has warned there will be further requests – it is estimated the final cost could reach 160 billion euros.
“Responsibility for caring for hundreds of thousands of citizens who no longer have homes is going to place many demands on our nation,” said the president. “We have many difficult days ahead, especially as we recover those who did not survive the storm.”
Approval ratings for the president have slumped to their lowest since Hurricane Katrina. Less than half the population now view him as a strong leader, and only 28 percent believe he did all he could.