GOP presidential candidate Rep. Tom Tancredo says that it’s time to end federal aid to regions of the Gulf Coast devastated by Hurricane Katrina, saying that it’s “time the taxpayer gravy train left the New Orleans station,” according to a report in The Hill.

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“The amount of money that has been wasted on these so-called ‘recovery’ efforts has been mind-boggling,” said the Colorado Republican and long-shot presidential hopeful. Tancredo also criticized waste and fraud in the recovery effort, estimated at $1 billion.

Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast near New Orleans in August of 2005, killing over 1,600 people and causing billions of dollars of damage.

“This whole fiasco has been a perfect storm of corruption and incompetence at all levels,” said Tancredo.