US senators to Obama: Tour wildfire-ravaged Texas
POSTED: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 2:55pm
UPDATED: Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 1:48am
DALLAS — (AP) - Both U.S. senators from Texas are inviting President Barack Obama to tour wildfire-ravaged parts of the state during a visit next week and asking him to reconsider a decision denying a federal disaster declaration.
Republican Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn sent Obama a letter Friday telling him that seeing "this devastation firsthand" will offer a sense of how the wildfires have affected Texas.
Obama is set to deliver an immigration speech in El Paso and attend a fundraiser in Austin on Tuesday.
The letter says thousands of wildfires have burned more than 2.2 million acres this year and "resulted in the destruction of homes, businesses, farms and ranches, and the death of two brave firefighters."
Officials say a disaster declaration would trigger a wider range of federal funding.