Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., praised the White House on Monday for including $30 million for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program in the Sandy-aid package.
Udall spokesman Mike Saccone said Colorado should be able to use some of that money to help El Paso and Larimer counties clean up after the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires.
It's unclear if the money is restricted to New Jersey, New York and other Eastern states that were hit hard by Sandy or if other states could also use it. The White House's Office of Management and Budget didn't immediately respond to an email seeking clarification.
Congress is expected to act on the White House's request before the end of the year. Saccone said Udall will fight during the congressional process to allow Colorado to use some of the $30 million.
Udall, Sen. Michael Bennet, and Reps. Jared Polis, Cory Gardner and Doug Lamborn had pushed for the watershed money to be included in the Sandy aid package.
There's a bigger pot of money - $150 million - that the White House wants to buy land in flood-prone areas.
It's not clear if Colorado could tap into those funds as well.
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