WASHINGTON — Colorado's congressional delegation is racing against a potential government shutdown and the coming winter to usher federal flood help to the state.
Colorado's two Democratic Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Republican Rep. Cory Gardner introduced legislation in their respective chambers Wednesday that would lift a $100 million cap on how much federal money can be shipped to states for disaster highway repair.
The senators were delayed by Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's 21 hours of protesting the Affordable Care Act. Gardner had to wait until the U.S. House of Representatives gaveled in for the first time this week Wednesday afternoon.
The current $100 million limit has been lifted with other natural disasters, including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene. Gov. John Hickenlooper said roughly 200 Colorado highway lanemiles must be reconstructed, and at least 50 bridges will need significant repair.