House Appropriations Subcommittee Passes DHS FY 2017 Bill

On June 9, 2016, the House DHS Appropriations Subcommittee passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 DHS appropriations bill that would provide $345 million for each of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and SAFER programs ($690 million total). This is $5 million more for each program than provided by the Senate Appropriations Committee’s bill passed earlier in May, and represents the current FY 2016 funding level for the programs. The U.S. Fire Administration would be funded at $42.5 million by the House bill.

Other key state and local program funding levels in the bill include:
   State Homeland Security Grants $467 million
   Urban and Area Search and Rescue $600 million
   Public Transportation Security and Railroad Security Assistance $100 million
   Port Security $100 million
   Emergency Management Performance Grants $350 million
   Training Exercises and Technical Assistance $233 million

The bill is scheduled to be considered by the full House Appropriations Committee next Tuesday, June 14, 2016. We will keep you informed of any further developments.

If you have any questions, please contact GAC Co-chairs John Granby at jgranby@lionprotects.com; Lee Morris at lmorris@oshkoshcorp.com; Joe Mirabile at jmirabile@usscgroup.com; or GAC Sr. Adviser Dave Gatton at dgatton@dinitiatives.com.