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Some in Texas won't welcome Obama

Some in Texas won't welcome Obama
President Barack Obama arrives in Washington May 6, 2011, after a trip to Indianapolis and Fort Campbell, Ky.. UPI/Olivier Douliery/Pool | License Photo

AUSTIN, Texas, May 9 (UPI) -- When President Barack Obama visits Texas Tuesday, he won't be welcomed by Republican legislators who see him as an enemy of the Lone Star State.

"You can almost make the case the administration has a vendetta against Texas," state Rep. Michael Burgess told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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Sore points include the administration's refusal to designate Texas, beset by wildfires, as a disaster area.

The state and the Environmental Protection Agency have been fighting over Clean Air Act permits, and Texans were shocked by NASA's decision not to give Houston, home to the Johnson Space Center, one of the retired space shuttles.

Republican Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn wrote to Obama Friday, inviting him to tour wildfire-scorched North Texas.

"We are hopeful that after seeing this devastation firsthand, you will reconsider your recent denial and provide the state and localities with the vital resources and funding required to fully support their work," they wrote.

The administration denies shortchanging Texas on disaster relief, saying it has handed out 25 federal grants for the wildfires.

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Obama is visiting El Paso and attending a fundraiser in Austin.

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