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Western Senators Secure $4 Billion for Drought in Spending Bill

Visitors carry a boat across dry lakebed to reach water at Lake Mead in Nevada on July 23.
Visitors carry a boat across dry lakebed to reach water at Lake Mead in Nevada on July 23.Photographer: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

A group of US senators from western states said Friday they have secured $4 billion in drought-relief funding as part of the Democrats’ climate spending and tax bill slated for the Senate floor this weekend.

Funding for the assistance through the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation was one of the demands made by Senator Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, who was a key holdout on the $433 billion spending package.