...Requesting Federal Funds To Repair Stricken Airports
U.S. Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi last week introduced legislation that would quickly make available up to $20 million right away to make emergency repairs at airports in the Gulf Coast region damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The money would help to jump-start repairs as Congress works to allot millions more in the 2006 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, Lott said. The money will go to public-use airports in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. The bill also permits grant funding to cover emergency operating costs incurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina by these airports. "Rebuilding and repairing our airports is critical to the economic development, vitality and quality of life of our communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina," Lott said.