Below is a history of funding for the Lake Pontchartrain and Vincinity Hurricane Protection project. (Note: This was the levee system that broke. Due to lack of funding, major construction stopped in 2004 — the first such stoppage in 37 years.)
2004: Army Corps request: $11 million [Link]Bush request: $3 million [Link]Approved by Congress: $5.5 million [Link] 2005: Army Corps request: $22.5 million [Link]Bush request: $3.9 million [Link]Approved by Congress: $5.7 million [Link] 2006:
Bush request: $2.9 million [Link]
Today, Scott McClellan claimed that “flood control has been a priority of this administration from day one.” This figures show that the administration has consistently budgeted far less that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has requested for flood control in Louisiana. And over the last several years, the gap between what the Corps requested and what the administration budgeted has increased.