Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) successfully fought off an amendment by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to strip money from the Senate Supplemental bill for repair of California levees. Boxer said
Senator Coburn said we ‘made some really good points.’ Well, the point is that we simply cannot take the risk of ignoring vulnerabilities in our flood control infrastructure after we have seen Katrina and the direct results of infrastructure deterioration
This means that the bill will have $23.3 million for the immediate repair of 29 critical erosion sites along the Sacramento River Bank identified by the State and the Army Corps of Engineers. Also in the bill is $5.1 million for levee work on the AmericanRiver, $7.1 million for levee repairs on South Sacramento Streams, and $1.5 million for studies to determine where repairs in the Delta can be made on a rapid basis.