Blunt on levees
Tue June 7, 2011
Blunt urges focus on infrastructure as floodwaters approach Missouri
Blunt told reporters on a weekly conference call on Tuesday that more than 50 levees along the river in Missouri could be overtopped as more water is released from upstream dams.
That's a worst-case scenario, and just three of those 50 levees are managed by the federal government. But Blunt says it should force the government to take a close look at infrastructure and its spending priorities.
"We’re so overwhelmed now by the entitlement side of the budget every other thing that the federal government has done since the Corps of Engineers was founded, for example, seems to be taking a back seat," Blunt said.
In addition he faulted the earmark ban adopted last November, saying most levee projects were specific budget items.
Missouri River flooding