House Democrats arrive to tour Katrina-affected areas

House Majority Whip James Clyburn and a

delegation of about 15 House Democrats arrived in New Orleans today

(Sunday) for a tour of coastal Mississippi and New Orleans.

The visit comes just before the two-year anniversary of

Hurricane Katrina.

Clyburn, who met with reporters briefly, offered few specifics

of what the delegation might do until the representatives could

meet with state and city officials.

Clyburn said the group's overall goal would be to form "a new

group partnership" with Louisiana and Mississippi's efforts to

recover from Katrina.

After meeting with reporters tomorrow (Monday), the group

planned a bus tour of Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis, Miss., two

areas hard hit by Katrina.

A community meeting on insurance-related issues also was

scheduled for Bay St. Louis.

On Tuesday, the delegation planned to visit an elementary school

in New Orleans, tour health centers in the Lower 9th Ward and St.

Bernard Parishes.