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 GardnerCory GardnerSenate contradicts itself on Gitmo Ten senators ask FCC to delay box plan Lawmakers unveil bills to speed up airport wait times MORE (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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