by Michael Doyle & Lawrence M. O’Rourke

The Modesto Bee Online 29 (August 1998)

WASHINGTON -- Flood-soaked North Carolina and Texas may get some federal recovery aid, but legislation before Congress to help states prevent floods is in danger of sinking over a dispute involving a California dam.... more



National Journal Group

Stephen Norton


WASHINGTON -- Mar-28 -- (CongressDaily) Rep. Robert Matsui, D-Calif., who is helping to lead efforts to rally Democratic support for permanent normal trade relations for China, warned Monday that a vote must come by May or the increasingly uphill battle could be lost for the year. Referring to the reluctance to schedule a vote in the House so far, Matsui said: "I am astonished by this. Every day that goes by we lose one or two votes." Matsui said organized labor activists who oppose PNTR are succeeding in winning over wavering members. "On our side, we are going to have a very difficult time unless there is an early vote--some time in May," he said.... more




Sacramento Bee

Lawrence M. O’Rourke

July 5 2002

After lining up with the White House in the war against terrorism, congressional Democratic leaders have launched a campaign to turn Enron, WorldCom and other exploding business scandals into political assets this fall....more



Sacramento Bee

Tony Bizjak Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

July 17 2002

Jul. 17--Facing serious cost overruns, Sacramento officials say they are asking Congress for $80 million to finish a major levee-strengthening project aimed at giving residents 100-year flood protection....more


Sacramento Bee

Christina Jewett

August 7, 2003

Amanda Limeberger of Land Park does not lead a stereotypical artist's life. She fits art lessons into her Friday night schedule, after soccer or basketball or volleyball practices.The Christian Brothers High School sophomore was surprised by the first-place award she earned in the 2003 Congressional Art Competition sponsored by Rep. Robert Matsui, D-Sacramento....more


The Sacramento Bee

Gwendolyn Crump

August 21, 2002

Fifth-grader Mary Jo O'Connor thought her congressman would offer a solution to the problematic cockroaches, leaky roofs and graffiti plaguing some schools. "I thought he would say he would fix it as soon as possible," the 10-year-old said. Instead, she got a lesson in politics - that nothing gets done without committees, lots of discussion, bills, signatures. ...more


Matsui was loyal soldier for party

Dan Walters

Sacramento Bee

When Robert Matsui was elected to Congress in 1978, representing the urban core of Sacramento, a reporter who had covered his political career dubbed him "congressman for life." That moniker became an epitaph late Saturday night when Matsui, who had been elected to his 14th congressional term just two months earlier, died of complications from a rare blood disorder. He was 63.... more


New Questions Surface on Raising Sacramento, Calif.

David Whitney
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

The Sacramento Bee

September 16, 2003

More questions about the cost, safety and security of raising Folsom Dam to give Sacramento its last major component of flood protection are emerging just as a key House committee braces for a showdown over the $219 million project.... more


Sacramento,Cal., Congressmen at Opposite Ends of Flood Control Issue

David Whitney
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Sacramento Bee

February 3 2003

A stalemate over Sacramento flood control appears to be settling in, and the consequence could be a hiatus in Congress on improvements that would protect the city from the whopping American ...more

Folsom, Calif., Dam Deal in Works

David Westphal
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Sacramento Bee

July 21, 2003

WASHINGTON -- Reps. John Doolittle and Robert Matsui, long at odds over Sacramento flood control, are at work on a compromise that would authorize nearly $250 million to raise Folsom Dam, plus a "comparable amount" for water supply improvements in Placer and El Dorado counties....more

Historic Deal on Sacramento, Calif., Flood Control 'Essentially Done'

David Whitney
Knight Rider/Tribune Business News

Sacramento Bee

November 6 2003

A historic $420 million deal on Sacramento flood control and Northern California water moved to within an inch of enactment Wednesday when a House-Senate conference committee added it to a must-pass 2004 spending bill....more


Flood-Control Deal for Sacramento, Calif., on Way to White House

David Whitney
Knight Rider/Tribune Business News

Sacramento Bee

November 20 2003

A groundbreaking flood-control deal for Sacramento was on its way to the White House on Wednesday for President Bush's expected signature after the House and Senate easily approved the 2004 spending bill to which it was attached....more

ROBERT T. MATSUI * 1941 – 2005

Deb Kollars

Sacramento Bee

January 9 2003

With hearts awash in memories and respect, friends, family and admirers of Robert Matsui said farewell Saturday to the popular Democratic congressman from Sacramento.... more


Matsui's loss to be felt in flood control

Terri Hardy and Carrie Peyton Dehlberg

Sacramento Bee

January 4 2005

The death of Rep. Robert Matsui is not likely to imperil a historic flood control deal he helped create, but maintaining momentum and capturing the money for those improvements could prove more difficult, flood experts and political leaders said Monday.... more


Mourners remember Matsui's devotion to roots

John Wildermuth

San Francisco Chronicle

January 9 2005

More than 1,000 mourners remembered Rep. Robert Matsui Saturday as a hometown boy who never forgot the people he represented for more than 30 years, both on the Sacramento City Council and in Congress.... more


Japanese-Americans remember Rep. Robert Matsui as a champion

Laura Wides

The Associated Press

January 3, 2005

When then-House Speaker "Tip" O'Neal tapped freshman Rep. Robert Matsui for the House Immigration Committee, the first-generation Japanese-American demurred and instead sought a post on the House Ways and Means Committee... more