Nancy Pelosi signs Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) A bill that claims to help is now headed to the President’s desk.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is taking issue with a White House budget proposal that cuts domestic programs.

It’s called the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act. It landed on Nancy Pelosi’s desk earlier this week where she signed it.

According to Colorado Senator Michael Bennett, it has secured congressional approval. In order to become law, the bill must now be signed by President Trump.

Bennet’s website says that the legislation will act on an agreement between seven states and some Native American tribes that are on the Colorado River basin.

The states depend on this water for drinking, farming, hydropower, and more. A severe drought, however, has affected the river since 2000.

The Drought Contingency Plan is a negotiation between these states and tribes to respond to the drought.

Senator Bennet says the campaign has widespread support from Colorado residents, including multiple Western Slope water utilities.

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