US senators to Obama: Tour wildfire-ravaged Texas

US senators to Obama: Tour wildfire-ravaged Texas

POSTED: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 3:55pm

UPDATED: Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 2:48am

(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.

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Does anyone remember perry's snarl as he refused part of the stimulus funds saying he didn't want to take government money for can't have it both ways, perry...deny unemployed Texans extended benefits from stimulus money, continually badmouth the fed. government, then boo-hoo for funds from the very entity you despise...doesn't work that way...agree with "don" 100%!

Obama knows that he can't win Texas in the next election, so why should he care? He won't come visit and he won't send aid because there's nothing in it for him.

He will be in Texas this coming week. There you go spouting off again without knowing what you are talking about.

FEMA spokeswoman Rachel Racusen on Wednesday said federal assistance already has been provided to Texas through grants for response activities. If those who lost their million dollar lake front mansions and damage to the millionaire owned ranches were uninsured or under insured that is their problem and they should not receive tax dollars. If they were insured & the ins. co. will not pay their claims the Gov. should take their assets to cover their losses after all the Repubs deregulated ins. co

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