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Wildfire aid stricken from Sandy bill

4:37 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - Colorado politicians are steaming that $125 million in aid for last year's wildfires was removed from the Sandy relief bill.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives stripped that funding from the Sandy bill before approving it last week. That infuriated Colorado's two Democratic Senators. They had gotten the money included in the original legislation that passed the Senate. On Monday, after the Senate agreed to the House's $51 billion version, Sen. Michael Bennet issued a statement blasting the money's removal.

Republican Congressman Cory Gardner complained about the money getting stricken as the bill moved through the House. Republican leadership has pledged to work on getting the funds to Colorado and other western states.

Last year's western wildfires destroyed hundreds of homes and scorched millions of acres.

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