WASHINGTON (AP) — A spending plan being pushed by Republicans would slash funding for the agency that warned Hawaii and the West Coast about the devastating tsunami in Japan.
From CBS News:
The GOP budget plan that passed through the House last month aimed to cut funding for a tsunami warning center that issued a slew of warnings around Japan’s devastating earthquake.
The budget, which proposed about $60 billion in budget cuts, would slash funding for the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That would potentially cripple the effectiveness of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii, which issued a series of warnings over the past several days regarding the situation in Japan, where an 8.9 magnitude earthquake triggered a massive tsunami along the nation’s east coast. (The PTWC is a part of the National Weather Service, which falls under the umbrella of NOAA – the organization responsible for providing tsunami warnings in the U.S.)
The Republican’s proposed “continuing resolution” to fund the government, which was defeated in the Senate this week, aimed to cut $1.2 billion – or 21 percent – of President Obama’s proposed budget for NOAA, ClimateProgress.org reports.
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Another episode relating to disaster-warning-system infrastructure funding, from 2009: [FOXNews].