Congressional Leaders Hope To Block HUD Money From Port

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- The battle over Katrina relief money going to the Port of Gulfport took another turn this week. A dozen members of Congress sent a letter to the House Appropriation Committee chairman challenging the use of Housing & Urban Development money at the port.

Governor Haley Barbour took the $600 million from the same federal pool that paid for grants to help homeowners rebuild after the 2005 storm.

Those who signed the letter, including Mississippi's Bennie Thompson, say the state is treating the federal housing money as a 'windfall' to expand the port, while not meeting post Katrina housing needs. They want the 2009 HUD appropriations bill to prohibit the port from getting that $600 million.

Click here to read the entire Congressional letter.