Schumer decries proposed cut to weather agency budget

NEW YORK — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is decrying proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s budget he says could seriously hurt the government’s ability to obtain critical weather information.

The New York Democrat says Sunday in the midst of hurricane season, the agency’s budget may be slashed by more than 20 percent by White House proposals. He says that would be more than $1 billion of its overall budget.

Schumer says the cuts would include a reduction to a research budget from more than $510 million to $321 million. He says the National Weather Service would also see an 8 percent cut, which includes a reduction in positions that track storms and predict paths of erratic weather such as hurricanes.

Schumer says he’s attempting to negotiate a bi-partisan spending bill to prevent the cuts.

He says there needs to be “high pressure” put on Congress to stop the “unwise cuts.”