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Wildfire Recovery Bill Passes House

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. House of representatives passes the Continuing Resolution to provide $48-million of Emergency Watershed funding to states like Colorado that dealt with devastating wildfires in the summer.

In February Senator Michael Bennet said Congress previously allocated $20 million for Colorado wildfire recovery, with El Paso County to receive $10 million.  The money was included in a bill to fund recovery from Hurricane Sandy.  However, Bennet said Colorado's share no longer is part of the bill, due to the current budget stalemate in Washington, D.C.

Colorado representatives and senators have been working to get the state back on the bill, and succeeded. Wednesday the House approved the bill, and the senate will likely take its vote next week.

Local must raise $2 million, which is the required 20 percent match to receive the entire federal allocation.

Senator Michael Bennet, Senator Mark Udall, and Congressman Cory Gardner all said if the bill did not pass El Paso County ran the risk of serious flood problems which could pollute water.

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