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Friday, September 30, 2005

Senators Want Cruise Ship Deal Explained, Demand Free Upgrade


News Item:
Two senators on Thursday asked federal officials to explain their decision to sign a $236 million deal with Carnival Cruise Lines for Hurricane Katrina housing, saying Greece was ready to provide two ships for free.

The six-month deal with Carnival for three full-service cruise ships — which now sit mostly empty in the Gulf Coast — has been criticized by lawmakers of both parties as a prime example of wasted spending in Hurricane Katrina-related contracts.
The presence of slot machines and black jack on Carnival Cruise ships was a factor in the decision. Said one FEMA official, on the condition that he not be identified, "You can't take away poor black people's sense of false hope. How else are they going to survive?"

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