Category: Legislative Updates

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

Export Import Bank Board Nominees Approved by Senate

The United States Senate has confirmed three nominees to the board of the Export Import Bank of the United States. This means that the Board now has a quorum and can approve deals over $10 million. The nominees and their

President Signs FY 2019 Spending Bill, including FAMA/FEMSA Priority Programs

AFG and SAFER Receive Level Funding, $350 million each; Urban Search and Rescue receives $10 million increase. Congress has passed and President Trump has signed into law an FY 2019 appropriations measure that includes funding for FAMA and FEMSA priority

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