Texas Lawmakers Debate Federal Aid

As wildfires continue to blaze a path of destruction across Texas, there's a fiery debate on Capitol Hill about whether the federal government is doing enough to help the devastated Lone Star State. Mary Kay Mallonee has the story.

House Republicans came out swinging this morning – blasting President Obama – saying the administration is not doing nearly enough to help Texas deal with the wildfires.

Republicans went one step further, saying they believe President Obama might be dragging his feet because he lost Texas in the election.

Congressman Pete Olson:

“I call on the president to be the president Texas needs right now, to set aside partisan politics and do what’s right for the people of our state, they’re hurting.”

That’s an insulting accusation says Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

“That’s absurd, literally absurd. I can’t imagine any president having any reason to abdicate from their responsibility for representing the American people.”

FEMA officials say they’ve approved grants that are covering 75 percent of the cost of fighting the fires.