The Senate has passed the Water Resources Development Act, which calls for flood-prevention and coastal-restoration projects. The bill includes provisions that would provide $1.1 billion to improve the levees and flood-control system in California's Natomas basin. Louisiana's Morganza-to-the-Gulf hurricane protection project would also be expedited under the legislation. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., a cosponsor of the bill, said, "This legislation represents jobs, this legislation represents moving products, this legislation represents flood control [and] this legislation represents ports." It's not yet clear how the House will vote.

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