WASHINGTON- Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., on Tuesday called called for FEMA Director Michael Brown to leave the Agency:
"The failure of FEMA was a failure of leadership," Mikulski said. "It's time for Michael Brown to leave FEMA, either voluntarily or involuntarily. Let's bring in someone who is a professional at emergency management."
Mikulski said FEMA's response to the Katrina disaster has raised other questions.
"If FEMA cannot respond to a hurricane that was coming for days with warning after warning, what will happen when an unexpected terrorist attack happens? Or a sudden earthquake?" Mikulski asked. "The President must appoint an experienced, professional emergency manager to be the FEMA Director. The FEMA Director must be a non-partisan position that should go only to someone with a long and distinguished career as a professional emergency manager.
"The people of the Gulf Coast have been doubly victimized. First by Hurricane Katrina, then by their own government. We must make sure that it never happens again. We must restore the American public's faith in FEMA."