Ron Sparks Statement on President's Speech

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Statement By Ron Sparks Regarding President Obama's Speech Tonight

Sparks Encouraged By President Obama's Leadership

I am heartened by President Obama's remarks tonight, particularly the appointment of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to head up an unprecedented program for the recovery of the Gulf Coast states. Yesterday, I met with President Obama and I handed him a letter requesting greater speed and efficiency for paying claims to Gulf Coast residents and asking for the appointment of  Secretary of the Navy Mabus to oversee clean-up operations. I want to thank President Obama for his leadership in coming down to the Gulf Coast and listening to state and local officials and the people on the ground. There's no doubt in my mind that by the President coming down to the Gulf Coast and seeing the hurt and the pain of the people here that I feel confident help is on the way.