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Cornyn Wants Answers from FEMA

By Bill O'Neil

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.    

West photo courtesy: ABC News 

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