U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says Congress is forming a bipartisan committee to review the government's preparations for and response to Hurricane Katrina. He says the panel will be made up of members of the Senate and House of Representatives. He says it will examine all levels of government involved -- local, state and federal -- and will report on its findings by February 15th, 2006. Mr. Frist spoke Wednesday alongside House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who said Congress is working on a series of bills to get help to the people of the U.S. Gulf Coast immediately. President Bush and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Michael Brown, have been heavily criticized for the federal response to Katrina. The White House says President Bush will ask Congress for a further 51-point-eight billion dollars for Hurricane Katrina relief operations. The request is in addition to the 10-point-five billion dollars Congress approved last week. And Mr. Brown says FEMA is getting 2,000 dollar debit cards to those displaced by the hurricane to help them meet their short-term needs.