WASHINGTON - A Senate deal aimed at ending the partial government shutdown and averting a debt default includes a nice chunk of change - $450 million - to help Colorado fully recover from the recent floods.
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Aides to Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet say the Democratic lawmakers worked to include language in the deal to lift the $100 million annual limit on emergency highway funds Uncle Sam is allowed to provide to help states recover from natural disasters.
The Senate deal announced Wednesday would provide $450 million in one-time funding to help rebuild Colorado's transportation infrastructure, Udall's aides said. Most, if not all, of that money will be headed to Colorado if the deal wins congressional approval and is signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the deal later today but the House's plans are unclear.
The language in the deal is identical to legislation approved by the Democratic-majority Senate last month after unprecedented flooding destroyed roads and bridges along the Front Range and the foothills. That bill stalled in the Republican-led House.
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