Author: Sonya Kelly

Update on Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Today, March 27, the House passed and the President signed H.R. 748 – the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide $2 trillion in support to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. This legislation was passed in the

URGENT GAC Survey and Other COVID-19 Activities and Resources

The FAMA/FEMSA GAC has been contacted by the AFG Grants Office with an urgent request for information. The Grants Office asked that we survey our members and provide data that will help them clearly understand the operating status of FAMA

Qualifying as An Essential/Critical Business in light of State COVID-19 Shutdowns

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the general population, Governors are increasingly adopting “shelter in place” orders that have the effect of curtailing/prohibiting business operations. It is important that FAMA and FEMSA member companies be put on your State’s Essential Workers list

Update on Federal Coronavirus Actions – Completed and Pending

Congress has taken action on two supplemental appropriations bills to combat COVID-19, with a third currently being negotiated in the Senate. Both the first supplemental bill (H.R. 6074) and the second (H.R. 6201) have been signed into law. In addition

Postponement of FAMA/FEMSA GAC Hill Day

CFSI announced the postponement of the 2020 CFSI Fire Dinner/Symposium (previously scheduled for April 29-30th), due to the COVID-19 pandemic and various levels of states of emergency (federal and D.C.). Accordingly, the FAMA/FEMSA GAC is postponing the 2020 Hill Day

Register NOW for 2020 Hill Day April 29-30, 2020 – Washington, D.C.

The FAMA/FEMSA GAC 2020 Hill Day will be held April 29-30 in Washington D.C. in conjunction with the CFSI 32nd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner.  Please click here to register and participate in the FAMA/FEMSA GAC

House Passes PFAS Action Act of 2019, HR 535

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2019. The bill would require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to designate per- and polyflouroalkyl substances as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation,

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) PFAS Provisions

The House and Senate have passed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains important PFAS provisions. Both the House and Senate NDAA had differing PFAS provisions, with the House version making PFOAs subject to CERCLA (Superfund) liability. The House-Senate agreement

FY 2020 Spending Agreement includes Export Import Bank Reauthorization

The FY 2020 Appropriations agreement between the House and Senate contains the reauthorization of the Export Import Bank of the United States through 2027. The Bank’s previous authorization expired on September 30, 2019. The House passed H.R. 1865 (with Senate

Congress Agrees on FY 2020 Appropriations Bills; Gives Fire Grants $10 Million Increase

House and Senate appropriators have agreed to two omnibus FY 2020 appropriations bills (one domestic, the other defense and homeland security). In the agreement, fire grants received a total of $710 million: $355 million for each of the Assistance to