Governor Perry Slams Obama For Ignoring Requests For Federal Disaster Relief (Video)
And, Obama really wonders why he is so unpopular in Texas?
Obama told reporters earlier this month that he is not targeting Texas.
Texas Governor Rick Perry slammed the Obama Administration for ignoring requests for disaster relief from the federal government. Fires have scorched over 2 million acres in Texas and left two firefighters dead.
Texas Governor Rick Perry criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for not responding to a request for a disaster aid for the parched state, where wildfires have scorched nearly 2 million acres.
“You have to ask, ‘Why are you taking care of Alabama and other states?’ I know our letter didn’t get lost in the mail,” Perry, a Republican and frequent critic of the federal government, said after addressing a Texas emergency management conference.
President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency for Alabama, where storms — including a tornado that ravaged Tuscaloosa on Wednesday — killed nearly 200 people this week.
The White House said Obama will visit the state on Friday.
“There is a point in time where you say, ‘Hey, what’s going on here?'” Perry said.
Perry had requested a federal declaration of emergency for Texas as the wildfires began to rage across the large state. The request has not been answered, although several federal agencies are supplying firefighters.
“They watch TV, they know what’s going on here, they can recognize that there is going to be a request for assistance, a request for help,” Perry said.
Two volunteer firefighters have died battling the Texas wildfires, which have destroyed more than 900 buildings.
A federal major disaster declaration could reimburse Texas and local governments 75 percent of the cost of their response. Local departments and the Texas Forest Service have spent more than $60 million since September 1 responding to wildfires, state forest service spokeswoman Linda Moon said.