On September 21, 2016, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved legislation preserving incentives for volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel.
Congress is making the final push to approve a continuing resolution before the fiscal year ends on September 30, 2016.
On May 10, 2016, Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Congressman Albio Sires (NJ-08) introduced H.R. 5177, the National Mitigation Investment Act. The legislation works to alleviate losses to residential and commercial property following a natural disaster through pre-disaster preventative measures.
On Thursday, June 9th, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 2944, the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles Grassley (IA) and Senator Kristen Gillibrand (NY), was approved by voice vote.
On June 9th, the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Homeland Security approved the draft Fiscal Year 2017 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The $47.8 billion spending bill contains $6.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is $432 million above the White House’s requested funding level.