The administration has been warning of dire consequences if a deal is not passed to stop the cuts required by the sequestration deal. On Monday, Reason’s Mike Riggs said that the administration warned of cuts to an agency that has not existed since June 2012.
In Sept. 2012, the Office of Management and Budget sent a detailed 394-page report to Congress detailing how much would be cut from each federal agency in compliance with the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012.
The first line item listed on page 133 of the report says that under sequestration the National Drug Intelligence Center would lose $2 million of its $20 million budget.
There’s only one problem.
According to the Department of Justice, the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) closed on June 15, 2012 — three months before the report was issued.
“On June 15, 2012, the National Drug Intelligence Center will close. This web site will no longer be maintained,” a notice says at the archived site.
The fear-mongering over the cuts, which amount to a pittance of the overall budget, has become the source of humor for many.
A post at Twitchy noted that the Washington Post had to “poke fun at its own coverage of the (nominal) effect of scheduled budget cuts on the critters at the National Zoo.”
“Won’t someone think of the kittens?” Twitchy asked.
“To listen to the White House if the GOP does nothing by Friday baby seals, baby kittens, baby lambs, baby puppies and baby calves will DIE,” tweeted Rich Galen.
Last Friday, ABC’s Jonathan Karl said that “officials have warned of more forest fires, workplace deaths and, heaven-forbid — chicken shortages.”
Now, we learn that an agency that has been out of business for eight months will have its budget cut.
“Might there be other errors in the OMB’s report?” Riggs asked.
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