Category: Legislative Updates

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

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