“Colorado needs this Congress to act and act now,” Bennet said on the Senate floor Friday.


The senators introduced legislation that would raise the $100 million cap on emergency infrastructure funds to $500 million — the increase that was made for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

Bennet and Udall said their bill wouldn’t increase spending because the funds are already appropriated. Under current law, there is a cap on how much a state can access. Their bill would give Colorado an exemption.

“We want to access those dollars right now,” Udall said. “They’re just sitting in an account waiting to help states like Colorado.”

Udall said that if the cap isn’t lifted, it’s more likely that the state would be forced to ask for an emergency spending bill.

At least nine Coloradans have died because of the massive flooding that occurred earlier this month.