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FEMA defends no more help over Texas wildfires

FEMA defends no more help over Texas wildfires

POSTED: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 6:52am

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 1:45pm

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has defended its decision refusing to provide more assistance to Texas after devastating wildfires.

Gov. Rick Perry late Tuesday criticized the White House for rejecting his April 16 request for a federal major disaster declaration and additional help.

FEMA spokeswoman Rachel Racusen (RAK'-uh-sen) on Wednesday said federal assistance already has been provided to Texas through grants for response activities. She says, based on information provided by the state, there was not a need for additional support at this time.

Perry's request came before deadly tornadoes swept across Alabama.

The governor says Texas wildfires since November have blackened at least 2.2 million acres. Two firefighters died in separate incidents in April.

More than 200 Texas counties have outdoor burn bans.

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Just like Perry and the Republicans have told the teachers and public employees that have lost their jobs, "We are broke" (because of giveaways of tax dollars to corporations for campaign contrabutions).
Even Perry has bashed our President in the past for wanting to help others because according to Perry, the Federal Government is broke so why did he ask for Federal dollars in the first place?

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