Thanks to the first two GOP amendments to Sen. Barbara Boxer's water resources bill, the California Democrat's legislation wouldn't merely address flood control, port improvements and storm protection.
If Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has his way, the bill could allow people to carry firearms on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property.
A similar effort three years ago lifted a gun ban in national parks.
Coburn's other amendment would require federal agencies to report the firearms they own or that were lost or stolen with national security exceptions for the Pentagon and the CIA, provided they explain their reasoning to Congress.
As Congress has debated gun control, immigration and the budget, the water resources bill co-sponsored by Boxer and Louisiana Republican David Vitter had been expected to face relatively smooth sailing.
"I hope it doesn't get bogged down in extraneous amendments," Boxer said Tuesday on the Senate floor.
The bill would authorize the Natomas Levee Improvement Program and other projects.
THE STATE WORKER
For the second time in five years, a union representing 13,000 workers at the five University of California hospitals, including UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, is poised to strike. AFSCME Local 3299 said Tuesday that 97 percent of its members voted to authorize a walkout but didn't say how many members voted. The union hasn't had a contract since October.
"How many more sad stories must we hear?
DARRELL STEINBERG, Senate president pro tem, calling Tuesday for the state to invest more in mental health services, citing the recent Connecticut school shooting, a court ruling on California's prison health care and The Bee's articles about a Nevada mental hospital busing patients out of state