Bad Day for GOP to Cut ‘Tsunami Monitoring’ Funding

March 11, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)—The tea party lawmakers in Congress slashing and burning everything in sight, without a thought for the consequences, looked pretty foolish today. On the same day that Hawaii, Alaska and the West Coast of the United States were under tsunami warnings, the House Republicans issued a press release cutting funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal agency responsible for monitoring and issuing warnings for tsunamis. Eh, who needs the NOAA, right? And besides, the state’s rights tenther wackos believe federal natural disaster monitoring is unconstitutional.

The House Republicans announced their proposed cuts in NOAA funding, as part of an additional $6 billion in cuts to a Continuing Resolution to keep the lights on in Washington.

A whopping $99 million would be cut from the NOAA’s operations, research, and facilities, and another $18 million from the agency’s procurement, acquisition and construction.

Dan Sobien, the president of National Weather Service Employees Organization told Think Progress that such drastic cuts would have severe consequences.

“While today‚Äôs disaster is of particular concern to everyone, we are just now entering tornado season and soon will be hurricane season and our organization firmly believes any effort to defund and dismantle our nations early warning system for all disasters is very unwise,” said Sobien.

Good going House Republicans!

Photo Source: Wikimedia/Harriv/tsunami hazard zone sign Seward, Alaska/Creative Commons Attribution.


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