Lawmakers in both parties currently view the National Weather Service as an important organization, indicated by the fact that House Republicans rejected reductions to the agency's budget that had been proposed by President Barack Obama.
The National Weather Service Employees Organization panned the Obama proposal, which would have slashed the number of information technology workers at weather service offices. The administration said the reductions were part of a broader effort to make IT operations more efficient.
The National Weather Service has faced bipartisan fire since the discovery of mismanaged funds earlier this year. The agency admitted to moving around millions of dollars in funds without Congressional authorization, leaving appropriators fuming.
The accounting irregularities will ensure that Congressional appropriators, always protective of their authority, keep a close eye on the weather service budget. Most people, however, probably want an accurate forecast, come hell or high water.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.