Defying Trump, House Panel is Expected to Propose Restoring Funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

July 11, 2017

Los Angeles Times
By Rong-Gong Lin II

Members of Congress on Wednesday are expected to approve a new budget plan that would maintain funding for a West Coast earthquake early warning system that President Trump’s budget sought to slash.

A House of Representatives subcommittee is proposing that $10.2 million be allocated to the early warning system — the same amount as the network received in the last budget. Stable funding is needed if U.S. officials are to begin limited public operation of the early warning system by the end of next year.

“We have made too much progress on the earthquake warning system to stop now,” Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona), chairman of the subcommittee, said. “I don’t think there is any appetite, at least from the House in Congress, to remove it.

“I want to make sure that nothing puts a stop to it,” Calvert said.