The Congressional Budget Office has determined that legislation to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System will cost $ 65 million over four years. South Dakota Senator John Thune is one of the bill’s co sponsors. He says given the budget climate in Washington, legislators will have to find a way to pay for the measure.
Thune says it’s an important enough piece of legislation that’s needed so efforts to find those offsets need to be made.
Under the legislation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would maintain the system that would include an early warning system of timely and accurate drought information.