The number two Republican in the U.S. Senate has some tough questions for FEMA--after officials there refused to provide cash to help clean up and rebuild West, Texas.
In a letter addressed to Governor Rick Perry, FEMA officials said the fertilizer plant explosion that devastated West earlier this year was not of the severity and magnitude to warrant a major disaster declaration.
"It's just simply unacceptable. This was a disaster area--and their failure to acknowledge it as such is just inexcusable" said Senator John Cornyn. As to whether politics might be at play--Cornyn isnisted he won't jump to conclusions.
"I'm going to withhold judgment at this point--and try to find out factually what FEMA's basis for refusing the aid might be" Cornyn said.
Officials in the community have asked for $57 million dollars to help with damages--and rebuilding a school that was destroyed by the blast--which killed 15 people.