Obama extends Gulf Coast rebuilding office, sends cabinet members to the region

President Barack Obama today signed an executive order extending the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding.

Obama also announced that he has asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to tour the Gulf Coast and New Orleans in early March.

The executive order that established the office was set to expire Feb. 28. President Obama extended the office through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2009.

“The residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast who are helping rebuild are heroes who believe in their communities and they are succeeding despite the fact that they have not always received the support they deserve from the Federal government,” Obama said. “This executive order is a first step of a sustained commitment by my Administration to rebuild now, stronger than ever.”

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