Fla. Rep. Bemoans Cuts to Hurricane Hunter - NBC 6 South Florida
Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

Fla. Rep. Bemoans Cuts to Hurricane Hunter

Rep. Kathy Castor said Hurricane Irene should be "wake-up call" that funds are needed



    Fla. Rep. Bemoans Cuts to Hurricane Hunter
    Getty Images
    CAPE MAY, NJ - AUGUST 26: A sign saying "Go Away Irene!" is spray painted on a baorded up storefront in preparation for Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Cape May, New Jersey. The Cape May Department of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of all residents and visitors of Cape May County in anticipation of a direct hit by Hurricane Irene. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)


    A Florida congresswoman says Hurricane Irene should be a wake-up call to reverse proposed
    funding cuts to the hurricane hunter program.
    Though not final, a budget proposal that has passed the House Appropriations Committee would reduce funding for the flights out of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa from $29 million to $17 million.
    Rep. Kathy Castor, a Democrat from Tampa, wrote House Speaker John Boehner and others Friday asking them to reconsider the cut, which would impact next year's flights.
    She says Irene should serve as "a wake-up call" that the money is needed.
    Castor says she'll reach out to colleagues of both parties to garner support for a budget amendment she intends to file.