VIDEO RELEASE: Gardner goes to bat for wildfire recovery funds
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-4) fought to have an amendment attached to the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act that would give Colorado a chance to compete for desperately needed Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) funding. He was extremely disappointed when the amendment was rejected without even being allowed consideration on the House floor.
“I understand the urgency with regard to getting relief to victims of Super Storm Sandy in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut,” Gardner said. “It is unfortunate, however, that Colorado communities in need of assistance could not also benefit from this bill. Over 600 families lost their homes this summer due to devastating wildfires and now 300,000 people are faced with the prospect of contaminated drinking water as debris from the fires gets washed into our rivers and reservoirs. EWP funding is essential to helping these communities maintain a safe supply of drinking water for the families and businesses that depend on it.”
Currently, the relief bill would only provide assistance to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Gardner’s amendment would have opened up $125 million of EWP funding to other states in need – like Colorado – and allowed them to compete for a fair share of that money. The Rules Committee, which is responsible for approving amendments before they head to the floor, would not allow Gardner’s amendment to advance out of committee last night.
Congressmen Jared Polis (CO-2), Doug Lamborn (CO-5), Ed Perlmutter (CO-7) and Scott Tipton (CO-3) were also sponsors of the amendment.
Click below to watch Gardner’s testimony on his amendment at the Rules Committee hearing:
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