I can make the case that this is an old trick of the Bureaucracy known as closing the Washington Monument. Some years ago, the National Park Service's budget was threatened with a cut. NPS announced the cut would force them to close the Washington Monument to the public. To the surprise of no one -- probably including the legislators who directed the budget cut -- the funds were restored.
This is a cut in one of NOAA's more popular programs. Stand by.
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