ARLINGTON -- U.S. Sen. John Cornyn joined local officials Friday morning on a tour of a storm-damaged Arlington church and said he hopes that politics doesn't enter the Obama administration's decision on whether to approve the state's eventual application for federal disaster assistance.
"I hope that was an exception," he said, referring to the administration's reluctance last year to grant emergency funding for areas devastated by wildfires in April, May and September. "This is not a partisan issue."
Gov. Rick Perry, members of the Texas congressional delegation and others criticized the administration last year when it didn't immediately declare a major disaster for Texas but did so for Alabama and other states. Federal officials ultimately did issue the declarations.
"We're here to make sure there is a seamless process starting here with the mayor and the judge and the state level with the governor and then in Washington," he said."