Insurance companies’ handling of Hurricane Katrina claims will be investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security thanks to Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., who has a personal beef with his own homeowners insurer.

The senator–who is suing State Farm Fire & Casualty over a Katrina claim–inserted language mandating the probe into the department’s 2007 appropriations bill, signed by President Bush earlier this month.

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