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Gov. Perry calls on President Obama to give more aid to West

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Governor Rick Perry is demanding more federal help for the town of West, devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion.  On Fox News Sunday, Governor Perry challenged President Obama to put pressure on FEMA to give West more aid.

In the aftermath of the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided millions of dollars in aid to the town of West and its residents.  15 people were killed and dozens of homes were destroyed by the blast.

Last week FEMA ruled that the explosion doesn't warrant and major disaster declaration which would have covered the cost of rebuilding infrastructure like roads and a school.

But this isn't the first time FEMA has denied that higher level of assistance when damage wasn't the result of a natural disaster.  In 2010 a gas pipeline explosion in Northern California leveled a neighborhood and killed eight people.

On Monday at the State Capitol, The House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing to discuss if more oversight is needed to prevent a disaster, like the one in West, from happening again.  Governor Perry says he doesn't think there should be any new regulations or laws.

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