President Bush says he wants to make it as "easy and simple as possible" for Hurricane Katrina survivors to get government benefits.
The president has signed a nearly 52 (b) billion-dollar measure for relief-and-recovery efforts. It includes two-thousand-dollar debit cards for families to use on food, clothing and toiletries.
The president also says 400-thousand people have registered for a program that ensures evacuees will continue to receive state-run benefits such as Medicaid and jobless insurance. They're being granted evacuee status, which will let them register for benefits without producing all the normal documentation.
The White House is dismissing suggestions President Bush name a "hurricane czar" to supervise the recovery, saying the people running the relief effort are doing a good job.