(MCT) — Efforts to put in place an earthquake warning system for the West Coast gained ground Tuesday as a congressional committee recommended the first federal funds — $5 million — specifically for the project.
Its prospects remain shaky, however.
Election-year fights over other issues could keep Congress from completing work on its spending bills.
Still, the warning system enjoys bipartisan support.
"It's critical that the West Coast implement an earthquake early-warning system that will give us a heads up before the 'big one' hits, so we can save lives and protect infrastructure," said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who led a group of a West Coast lawmakers in seeking the funding.