Category: Legislative Updates

House Homeland Security Appropriations Committee Passes FY 2019 Spending Bill

Last week the House Homeland Security Appropriations Committee passed its DHS FY 2019 Appropriations bill. As anticipated, the AFG and SAFER programs each were funded at $350 million ($700 million total), level funding over last year. The Senate Appropriations Committee

House Appropriations Committee Releases FY 2019 Homeland Security Bill

On July 17, the House Appropriations Committee released its proposed FY 2019 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Bill. In total, the bill includes $51.4 billion in discretionary funding for DHS, an increase of $3.7 billion above the FY 2018 enacted

Senate Appropriations Committee Reports DHS FY 2019 Appropriations Bill – AFG and SAFER funded at $700 million ($350 million each)

Yesterday, the full Senate Appropriations Committee reported out its FY 2019 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, funding AFG and SAFER at $350 million each (total $700 million)-level funding from FY 2018. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) was funded

FAMA & FEMSA Join CFSI and Others Encouraging House to Pass AFG & SAFER Reauthorization

See Below for Letter to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Joint Fire Service letter McCarthy S. 829 11-16-17

Reps. Pascrell, King, Hoyer, Reichert, Johnson Introduce House Bill Reauthorizing Fire Service Grant Programs, H.R.3881

Sept. 29, 2017 Press Release Bill supports community firefighters by reauthorizing critical fire and emergency response grant programs Click on the following link to view the bill WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Peter King


On August 2, 2017, the Senate unanimously passed S. 829, the AFG and SAFER Reauthorization Act. The bill passed on what is called the “unanimous consent” calendar, meaning that unless a Senator registers objection, members do not actually have to

GAC E-News Alert: House Markup of FY 2018 Homeland Security Appropriations and Reauthorization Hearing

FY 2018 Appropriations for AFG and SAFER Yesterday the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Homeland Security marked up its Fiscal Year 2018 Department of Homeland Security bill. The subcommittee included $345 million for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program (AFG) and

Trump Budget Proposes Nearly Level Funding for AFG and SAFER

On Tuesday, May 23, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal.  Both the AFG and SAFER programs received modest proposed cuts from $345 million (FY 2017) to $344,344,000 (FY 2018) for each program.  This represents a $656,000 cut

Senate Homeland Security Committee Unanimously Passes AFG/SAFER Reauthorization

Yesterday, May 17, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee unanimously passed S. 829, The AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017. Special thanks goes to Senators McCain (AZ), Tester (MT), Collins (ME) and Carper (DE) for being

Congressional Agreement on FY 2017 Funding

Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NY), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, has released the House version of the agreement to fund the federal government for the rest of Fiscal Year 2017, which ends September 30, 2017. In a victory for the Fire