Texas Officials Criticize Obama Administration’s Refusal Of Disaster Help

President Barack Obama has rejected requests by Texas U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn to rethink his administration’s decision not to declare Texas a disaster area. Governor Rick Perry has expressed dismay at the Obama administration’s negative position on the issue. A disaster declaration would open the way to federal aid for Texas. Some see Obama’s stand as a political act against Texas. Yesterday, Midland Republican congressman Mike Conaway said he is “deeply troubled” by the federal government’s decision not to declare virtually all of Texas as a major disaster area.  Conaway says the decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will add pressure on the cash-strapped state to aid residents and local agencies.


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