Colorado politicians visit Waldo Canyon to put pressure on Congress for wildfire relief

Funds stripped from wildfires for Sandy relief

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado politicians visited the site of the Waldo Canyon fire Friday afternoon to put pressure on Congress for federal wildfire relief.

Sen. Michael Bennet and Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach Friday visited a ranch decimated in the Waldo Canyon fire to try to keep pressure on Congress to provide relief to Colorado and other western states that burned in 2012.

Republicans in the House of Representatives funneled money meant to repair wildfire damage and placed those dollars in the Superstorm Sandy relief package in January.

Bennet, Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Jared Polis are urging the federal department of Housing and Urban Development to release money to replace the lost relief funds. They say there is a backlog of $20 million worth of repairs in Colorado's badly burnt watersheds.

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