Bush Returning To Washington, D.C. To Coordinate Katrina Response

President Bush is hurrying back to Washington today to coordinate the response to Hurricane Katrina.

He's cutting short his Texas ranch vacation so he can return to the White House and chair a meeting of a special emergency committee.

He will visit the storm-hit areas later in the week.

The president says he wants to ensure federal, state and local officials do what they can to help Gulf Coast residents "get back on their feet." Plus he adds, it's clear there's "a lot of work to do."

Meantime, the Department of Energy has now received formal requests for crude oil from the nation's strategic reserve to replace production lost to the storm. However, it's unclear when Bush might approve the request or how much oil would be loaned out.

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