WASHINGTON, D.C-- U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla) today announced that he will accompany Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn) this Friday to Hurricane Katrina affected areas to examine the storm’s impact as well as review the ongoing recovery effort.

“As Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee I want to ensure that the federal agencies involved in the recovery effort have all the resources they need in order to continue saving lives and stabilizing the Gulf Coast area,” Inhofe said.

As the Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman, Senator Inhofe has direct oversight of many of the federal agencies currently involved in the Katrina recovery including, but not limited to: The Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Highway Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Economic Development Agency and the General Services Administration.

Senator Inhofe will be meeting with state and local officials in New Orleans, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi, as well as discussing the recovery effort with Lt. Gen Honoré and area leaders of both the EPA and FEMA.

Majority Leader Frist and Senator Inhofe will examine the area on foot as well as by helicopter. Inhofe will return from the area Friday evening.