Texas Senators John Cornyn, left, and Ted Cruz speak with reporters about the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion at a news conference on Friday, April 19, 2013. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)
Texas Senators John Cornyn, left, and Ted Cruz speak with reporters about the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion at a news conference on Friday, April 19, 2013. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT) Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT
Texas Senators John Cornyn, left, and Ted Cruz speak with reporters about the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion at a news conference on Friday, April 19, 2013. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT) Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT

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