Prior to a becoming Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute in 1995, I once served as a special assistant to three cabinet secretaries at the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor.
Since the shutdown started two weeks ago, I’ve heard from friends and business associates alike who live and work outside the Beltway asking if I see an end to this madness. The answer: There have certainly been a number of proposals offered, but none of which have been embraced by both sides of the political aisle that would end the impasse…at least not yet.
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2217, the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, by a vote of 245 to 182. It’s one of 12 annual appropriations measures Congress is expected to approve to fund all federal programs in Fiscal Year 2014 – including programs that benefit the fire and emergency services.
Succinctly put, the bill offers an incentive to states for adopting and enforcing model building codes