WASHINGTON -- A group of lawmakers is hoping the recent string of Southern California temblors will jolt Congress into funding an earthquake warning system.
The lawmakers are seeking some of the $38.3 million needed to build the system on the West Coast and the $16.1 million a year needed to operate and maintain it, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"Even a few seconds of warning before the next Big One will allow people to seek cover, automatically slow or stop trains, pause surgeries and more -- and the benefits of this small investment now will be paid back many times over after the first damaging quake,’" said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank).
But securing the funding could be difficult at a time when congressional Republicans are determined to reduce Washington’s red ink.
No California Republican signed a letter circulated by Schiff’s office asking the House Interior appropriations subcommittee to provide $16.1 million next year for the system. The letter was signed by Democrats from California, Oregon and Washington state.