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FEMA denies aid to Texas for West blast
WFAA ^ | 6/12/2013 | Associated Press

Posted on 06/12/2013 11:11:17 AM PDT by JennysCool

WEST, TEXAS — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people.

According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state's appeal to help West but decided that the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration."

The blast killed 10 first responders and brought national attention to the agricultural community. President Barack Obama traveled to the area to attend a memorial service for the first responders and others who died trying to help.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: disaster; explosion; fema; govtabuse; texas; west
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Lest we forget, CNN reported in April that ...

Obama told the families and friends of the those killed that they were not forgotten, saying "our hearts have been here in your time of tribulation."

He promised them the nation will help them rebuild and reclaim their small community of about 3,000 people.

1 posted on 06/12/2013 11:11:17 AM PDT by JennysCool
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To: JennysCool

Before jumping the gun on the anger train, does anyone know if FEMA helped out in Boston?


2 posted on 06/12/2013 11:12:57 AM PDT by vpintheak (We are the chosen few! Be thankful for it!)
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To: JennysCool

Republican Governor (Rick Perry) = No FEMA.


4 posted on 06/12/2013 11:15:26 AM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Dalberg-Acton

Screw ‘em, we don’t need them.


5 posted on 06/12/2013 11:16:15 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: JennysCool
In other news...

Kerry 'Quietly' Approved $1.3 Billion in 'Military Aid' to Egyptian Government

6 posted on 06/12/2013 11:16:27 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: JennysCool

Boston Marathon bombing fund is over 30 million, and Wast, which injured and killed more people, is a fraction of that.


7 posted on 06/12/2013 11:17:17 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Dalberg-Acton
Thats it.

If we've learned anything about this administration we've learned they're all about 'punishing their enemies and rewarding their friends'.

F 'em.

8 posted on 06/12/2013 11:17:21 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: JennysCool
“After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. --Valerie Jarrett


9 posted on 06/12/2013 11:17:43 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Forget it, Jake. It's Eric Holder's people.")
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To: vpintheak

I can’t see any reason why they would help in Boston, but understand your point.


10 posted on 06/12/2013 11:17:58 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: DBrow

The fund is privately financed


11 posted on 06/12/2013 11:18:27 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: vpintheak
Before jumping the gun on the anger train, does anyone know if FEMA helped out in Boston?

Did FEMA help.....oh yes, "everyone" knows that FEMA "staged" the Boston bombings with actors and fake blood (yes there are people who really believe that's what happened)

12 posted on 06/12/2013 11:18:30 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Timber Rattler

This aid thing is getting quite old. No aid should leave this country period. We are in debt up to our keesters. Stop spending my money.


13 posted on 06/12/2013 11:18:55 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: JennysCool
What the heck are we paying them for?
In the long run, Texas will probably be better off without the FEMA "Help". Rebuilding will be completed before FEMA would have finished their "assessment".

14 posted on 06/12/2013 11:18:55 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: JennysCool

Serves them right for not voting democrat.


15 posted on 06/12/2013 11:19:04 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: JennysCool

As a Conservative, I don’t think FEMA should exist at all. Texas can rebuild this town better on its own.


16 posted on 06/12/2013 11:19:57 AM PDT by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: JennysCool
Obama told the families and friends of the those killed that they were not forgotten, saying "our hearts have been here in your time of tribulation."

He promised them the nation will help them rebuild and reclaim their small community of about 3,000 people.

Once he reads about FEMA's decision in the papers, he'll be shocked.

17 posted on 06/12/2013 11:20:29 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: JennysCool

Same day he went to Planned Pa. . .whatever they call themselves, pretending with them that they do wonderful things, when they all know they collect 500 million last year alone, which helps BO in garnering support from 55 percent of stupid women who think it’s wonderful to be able to kill their children and need politicians to keep that right because one day they will no longer have the right to do so and they will be seen as worse than slave owners by reducing human life into something other than human with their words and worse than Hitler times ten as they have killed ten times as many as of now and counting.

The president originally was scheduled to address Planned Parenthood on Thursday night, but the appearance was delayed to allow him to spend more time in Texas with the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in last week’s explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.

In his short speech on Friday, Obama made no reference to a pair of abortion-related issues that made headlines in recent weeks.

On April 5, a federal judge in New York gave Obama’s administration 30 days to begin allowing over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill, saying the government’s decision to limit such sales to those aged 17 and older was “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable.”

Planned Parenthood sided with the judge; the administration has yet to say whether it will file an appeal.

In Pennsylvania, abortion provider Kermit Gosnell is standing trial on charges of killing babies after they were born alive at his West Philadelphia clinic. He also is charged in the 2009 overdose death of a 41-year-old patient. Closing arguments in the case were set for Monday.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/26/obama-tells-planned-parenthood-abortion-foes-want-return-to-150s/#ixzz2W1kX2Psn


18 posted on 06/12/2013 11:21:11 AM PDT by stanne
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To: COBOL2Java
Once he reads about FEMA's decision in the papers, he'll be shocked.

And he will say this is "unexpected", he'll do nothing about it and he'll most definetly blame Bush.

19 posted on 06/12/2013 11:23:02 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: COBOL2Java

bttt


20 posted on 06/12/2013 11:23:07 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: JennysCool

So much for the Democrat line of “for the children’. $40M of the $54M requested was to rebuilt a leveled school.


21 posted on 06/12/2013 11:23:45 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: 5thGenTexan

Does the local govt insure public school buildings in Texas?


22 posted on 06/12/2013 11:26:01 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Dalberg-Acton

Gotta spend that money in New Jersey to finish flipping Chris Christie into the Democrat Party.


23 posted on 06/12/2013 11:27:17 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: COBOL2Java

Ha! Yup!


24 posted on 06/12/2013 11:28:36 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: JennysCool
He promised them the nation will help them rebuild and reclaim their small community of about 3,000 people.

He's an effin liar. Should we expect anything less from him or his accomplices?

25 posted on 06/12/2013 11:29:21 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: JennysCool

Just a point of clarification - FEMA denied aid to the state & local governments, but they are providing assistance to individuals/etc. who were affected by the blast.

This may actually be for the best, anyway. Texas is in pretty good fiscal shape (compared to other states), and is more than capable of paying for its own repairs (whether through insurance payouts, the rainy day fund, or elsewhere). Let ‘em pay their own way, and not have to deal with the inevitable strings that come attached to Federal money.


26 posted on 06/12/2013 11:30:13 AM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: stanne

Sorry, guys I have to enter some defense here. This was a private business and was not a natural disaster! It was also said they had more stock of product than allowed. This is strictly business and the business’s insurance is on the line here. This is not a Government issue.


27 posted on 06/12/2013 11:30:45 AM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Conserev1

Agreed.

And FEMA sucks anyway. And those people in West, Tx will be just fine. I’m sure of it.


28 posted on 06/12/2013 11:36:11 AM PDT by txmissy
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To: rockabyebaby

Regarding the BM bombing you might read this little item from the local Boston media, “Police response training planned, but bombs hit first”, http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/06/07/before-police-could-plan-for-terrorist-attack-real-thing-happened/ufxjb9O0RXyzVZNPFyGkiI/story.html
Evidently just as happened with the 911, London and Sandy Hook terror episodes the authorities were running a terror-attack training program at the same time the ‘real’ attack happened, oops but you saw it all on TV so it must be real right?


29 posted on 06/12/2013 11:38:59 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: Conserev1

Oh, I know.

I would just like to see these guys get 500 mil of taxpayer money and not abortion providers or no one at all.


30 posted on 06/12/2013 11:39:41 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Conserev1
I think it would have helped if the following excerpt had been posted:

Last week, FEMA reported the agency, along with the state and Small Business Administration, approved $6.5 million in grants and loans since the exposion.

The disaster-assistance money has gone to eligible individuals and families in McLennan County. FEMA also says the 764 applicants who've registered so far will be receiving follow-up phone calls to help identify any pending needs.

The headline was an eye-catcher, but misleading.

31 posted on 06/12/2013 11:42:05 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: JennysCool

Can’t we here in Texas take care of Texans? Fund raisers and such?


32 posted on 06/12/2013 11:46:04 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: JennysCool

Remember what Valerie Jarrett said, “We will reward our friends and punish our enemies.”


33 posted on 06/12/2013 11:51:59 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (If youÂ’re happy and you know it clank your chains!)
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To: JennysCool

This is OK, I remember when FEMA and 0bama helped out Texas last year when they had all those fires out west.........

Oh wait.....


34 posted on 06/12/2013 12:00:26 PM PDT by machman
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To: JennysCool

I hope the people of Texas remember how kindly they were treated by this corrupt Administration.


35 posted on 06/12/2013 12:10:38 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: nascarnation
Each ISD runs independently in Texas. They have their own budgets and capital plans, etc, but do have State and Federal ties obviously. But, the local ISD does have control on where their budget dollars go, including things like insurance.

And you would think the plant had to have some form of insurance, too.

36 posted on 06/12/2013 12:12:29 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: JennysCool
I wonder how Obama would have wanted it had the injured, displaced and killed people in West had been black? If the colours were to be reversed would the decision be called racist?
37 posted on 06/12/2013 12:25:43 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: JennysCool
Not the first time Obama denied a "Disaster Declaration" & FEMA funds to a red state.

No surprise here. ..but hey, the jack-ass got his photo-op.

T

38 posted on 06/12/2013 12:27:37 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: 5thGenTexan

Sorry, but I have to ask. Why the heck does it take even $40 MILLION to rebuild a school?


39 posted on 06/12/2013 12:30:15 PM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby. Obamacare: shovel-ready healthcare.)
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To: Solson
My first reactions was surprise... my second thought was much along the same lines. Cities and states need to stop standing in line with their hands-out, if we're going to exercise our liberties long-term.
40 posted on 06/12/2013 12:31:14 PM PDT by EBH (The government that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: JennysCool
May 02, 2011

AUSTIN (KXAN) - As wildfires continue to wreak havoc across Texas, Gov. Rick Perry is criticizing the Obama administration for its denial late Tuesday of the state’s request for a federal Major Disaster Declaration to assist with the ongoing wildfire season, which has burned more than 2.2 million acres.

41 posted on 06/12/2013 12:31:15 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: JennysCool
Federal disaster assistance denied for Oklahoma
42 posted on 06/12/2013 12:33:51 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: JennysCool

Find laws that were broken by the plant owners. Seize everything they own. Use that money to rebuild the town. If they kept too much product on hand which fueled the explosion, they fucked up. They should pay for it. If the owners end up on the street, oh well.


43 posted on 06/12/2013 12:34:04 PM PDT by christx30 (Freedom above all.)
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To: dfwgator
As someone posted on the duplicate thread...

Texas should stop sending the FED our $$.

44 posted on 06/12/2013 12:35:10 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: Kevin in California
From the locked thread:

Geez, I’m shocked! I wonder how the people of West, Texas voted in this past prez election.

Probably very few. I'm sure Texas citizens will come to their aid. Every church in our area has had donations for West. I think Texas should stop sending taxes to DC and become a republic again.

45 posted on 06/12/2013 12:35:44 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: dfwgator

“Screw ‘em, we don’t need them.”

Right on. Besides FEMA was not designed for natural
disaster relief anyway. It’s specifically for civil unrest
and reeducation.

http://investmentwatchblog.com/while-dhs-buys-ammo-for-a-30-year-war-fema-trains-police-on-mass-arrests/


46 posted on 06/12/2013 12:37:01 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: JennysCool

Must be few blacks in West


47 posted on 06/12/2013 12:44:47 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Don't Blame Me For La Raza Rubio....I Voted For Alex Snitker)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Guess the government doesn’t accept Czechs.


48 posted on 06/12/2013 12:46:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: JennysCool

Oh, there’s lots and lots of government money available.

But that money is only for “friends” of the administration.


49 posted on 06/12/2013 12:56:22 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

That’s one nasty reptile.


50 posted on 06/12/2013 12:59:10 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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