House votes to boost funding for Colorado flood relief

Members of Colorado's delegation said the government has estimated that $475 million in damage was done to Colorado's roads this month due to flooding. Under current law, the Department can only offer $100 million — the bill passed today would lift that cap.

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"On September 11 … a flood began that destroyed nearly 2,000 homes, damaged over 17,000 homes," said Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the sponsor of the legislation.

"Two hundred mile lines of highway were affected. It's as if somebody had taken a sandcastle, built it, and the wave came and washed it away."

Colorado's two Democratic senators have sponsored similar legislation, an indication that the bill has a good chance of passing in the Senate.

Later in the evening, members passed S. 1348, the Congressional Award Act Program Reauthorization Act, in a 387-35 vote.

— This story was updated at 7:24 p.m. to add the second vote.

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