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Ann Davison, CAE
Assistant Director of Strategic Services

House Considering FY 2014 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

Amendments to Increase Funding for FIRE-SAFER and US&R Programs Passed

June 5, 2013

Update: This bill passed the U.S. House of Represenatives on June 6, 2013. The Senate still has to consider its FY 2014 DHS Appropriations bill.

On June 5, the U.S. House of Representatives began considering the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 2217).

The bill would fund the FIRE and SAFER grant programs at $337.5 million each, the Urban Search and Rescue System at $27.513 million and the U.S. Fire Administration at $42.162 million.

During consideration of the bill today, the House passed the following amendments to restore funding to important fire service programs:

  • An amendment by Representative Jon Runyan (R-NJ) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) to add $2.5 million each to the FIRE and SAFER grant programs
  • An amendment by Representatives Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Gerald Connolly (D-VA) to provide an additional $7.667 million to the US&R program
  • An amendment by Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA) and John Delaney (D-MD) to add $1.8 million to the USFA budget

Members of the House are still considering the underlying bill.



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