- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The president’s nominees to lead the nation’s disaster response and immigration enforcement agencies are headed to Capitol Hill for confirmation hearings in the Senate.

Federal Emergency Management Agency nominee Craig Fugate faces questions from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee about hurricane preparedness and response. The agency was widely criticized for its botched response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Fugate previously served as head of emergency management in Florida.

John Morton, who was tapped to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is currently a senior official at the Justice Department.

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