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CORNYN: West victims need assistance, not another working group


Calls On President To Finally Issue Disaster Declaration, Deliver Real Help To Victims

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 4:22pm

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, issued the following statement regarding the President’s executive order, issued Thursday, establishing a “Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group” in response to the deadly explosion in West, Texas, on April 17.

According to the White House, the working group will be formed to “improve chemical facility safety and security in coordination with owners and operators.” President Obama denied Texas Governor Rick Perry’s original request for a Major Disaster Declaration for West on June 10 and has yet to respond to the Governor’s appeal.

Cornyn's statement can be read below:

“Those affected by the tragedy in West deserve immediate assistance, not another working group from this Administration armed only with a mission statement. If President Obama is serious about helping those still suffering in West, he should issue the disaster declaration requested by Governor Perry and supported by myself and our fellow Texas officials from across the state. This would bring real help to those who need it most,” Sen. Cornyn said.

Sen. Cornyn and his colleagues sent a letter to President Obama on July 12 supporting Texas Governor Rick Perry’s appeal for a Major Disaster Declaration for West, Texas.


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