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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 10:21 AM
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7. Texas, D.C. engage in political firefight over disaster aid
Houston Chronicle 5/5/11

Texas, D.C. engage in political firefight over disaster aid

WASHINGTON A massive political fight broke out Wednesday over federal firefighting funding after the Obama administration rejected Texas Gov. Rick Perry's request to designate the state a federal disaster area.

Perry, along with Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison, blasted President Barack Obama for denying the federal aid the state had requested to combat the thousands of wildfires that have scorched 2.2 million acres of Texas.

"I am dismayed that this administration has denied Texans the much-needed assistance they deserve," Perry declared after receiving notification of the rejection late Tuesday. "It is not only the obligation of the federal government, but its responsibility under law to help its citizens in times of emergency."

The Obama administration quickly responded that it has offered 25 different kinds of federal assistance to Texas in recent months.

Budget squeeze

Both Washington and Austin are fighting budget shortfalls as firefighters attempt to contain the flames. Texas officials, caught in a state budget squeeze, want the federal government to send more aid to defray their costs. Federal officials, facing a record deficit, are being careful in their use of "major disaster" declarations such as the one that followed the widespread devastation of Hurricane Ike or the recent Alabama tornadoes that killed hundreds of people.

What does Ron Paul think about it? What would Ayn Rand Do? Just saying....

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