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Washington D.C.
United States Senator John Cornyn
News Release
Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cornyn Calls on FEMA To Follow Suit As USDA Designates Texas A Disaster Area

WASHINGTON—On the heels of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designating Texas as a natural disaster area due to severe drought, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today issued the following statement urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to follow suit and finally issue a disaster declaration for Texas in light of devastating wildfires:

“Not only have Texas officials and our first responders on the ground made repeated calls for FEMA to issue a disaster declaration for Texas, we now have another arm of the Administration recognizing that conditions on Texas lands merit a disaster designation. I encourage FEMA to take note of the USDA’s designation, and finally act on issuing a disaster declaration for the wildfires that have ravaged our state.  And I join all farmers, ranchers, business and homeowners around Texas in the continued prayer for rain.”

The state of Texas has appealed FEMA’s decision to reject the state’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration related to ongoing wildfires. Sen. Cornyn and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison wrote to the President last month in support of the state’s appeal. Since the beginning of the year, more than 10,860 individual wildfires have burned more than 3,215,000 acres in Texas.

Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance, Judiciary, Armed Services and Budget Committees.  He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.






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