Category: Legislative Updates

House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee FY 2021 Appropriations Markup

On Tuesday, July 7, the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee held a FY2021 appropriations markup.  Click here for full bill text. The legislation provides: $385 million for Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG); and  $385 million for Staffing for Adequate Fire and

House Leadership Releases Proposed HEROES Act

On Tuesday, May 12, House leadership released the HEROES Act, which is intended to be the first draft of the fourth COVID-19 federal stimulus package. The House is scheduled to vote on the bill on Friday, May 15. The $3

Understanding FEMA’s Public Assistance Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Through the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) $45 billion is currently available to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Currently, eligible recipients can apply for reimbursement for costs associated with Emergency Protective Measures, defined as Category B Work per FEMA’s Public Assistance

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

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

House Full Appropriations Committee Passes FY2020 DHS Bill

As expected, the House Appropriations Committee passed its FY 2020 Department of Homeland Security bill earlier this week. The full committee kept the amounts for FAMA and FEMSA priority programs previously passed by the DHS subcommittee. The committee agreed to

House Appropriation Subcommittee Gives Fire Grants $50 Million Increase

June 5, 2019, the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee marked up its FY 2020 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The Subcommittee increased many State and local government programs, giving the AFG and SAFER programs $375 million each, a $25