Firefighters salute the flag draped casket holding Greg Simmons as he is carried to a waiting fire truck at the conclusion of funeral services for the fallen firefighter in Olden, Texas, Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Simmons was killed responding to a wildfire. (AP/LM Otero)
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Just last month the U.S. sent two Air force cargo planes to help Mexico battle back wildfires in the northern part of it’s country, fires that burned 386 square miles. It’s a move that West Texas Congressman Francisco Canseco (R-Fort Stockton) thinks is a hypocritical one by the Obama administration as Texas has requested the same sort of federal aid but has been denied it.
“386 square miles pales with the 2.5 million acres of land that have been burned and scorched beyond recognition,” says Canseco.
And Former FEMA Director Michael Brown thinks that a “snub” like this reeks of politics as he believes Texas deserves a similar response from the federal government.
“I think what’s going on is we see the Chicago style politics. I’m amazed that he’s put FEMA in this awkward position of not allowing federal assistance,” says Brown.
President Obama was in Texas this week for a fundraiser.