Category: Legislative Updates

Senate Passes $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan – New Funding for AFG, SAFER, & Emergency Management Performance Grants

On Saturday, March 6th, the Senate passed the $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan (HR 1319), with some updates to the bill. Click here for the Senate’s version of the bill text. The Senate bill has been sent back to the

$350 Billion for States, Local Governments, and Tribes in American Rescue Plan

The $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan is currently being negotiated in the House, and will soon be sent to the Senate (Click here for full bill text). A primary component of the Rescue Plan is a provision that would provide

Congress Passes FY 2021 Appropriations and Coronavirus Relief Omnibus Bill

On Monday, December 21, Congress passed a compromise bill (H.R.133), consisting of $1.4 trillion in appropriations for FY 2021, and a $900 billion emergency relief package to help the nation respond and recover from COVID-19. The bill does not include

House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee FY 2021 Appropriations Markup

On Tuesday, July 7, the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee held a FY2021 appropriations markup.  Click here for full bill text. The legislation provides: $385 million for Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG); and  $385 million for Staffing for Adequate Fire and

House Leadership Releases Proposed HEROES Act

On Tuesday, May 12, House leadership released the HEROES Act, which is intended to be the first draft of the fourth COVID-19 federal stimulus package. The House is scheduled to vote on the bill on Friday, May 15. The $3

Understanding FEMA’s Public Assistance Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Through the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) $45 billion is currently available to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Currently, eligible recipients can apply for reimbursement for costs associated with Emergency Protective Measures, defined as Category B Work per FEMA’s Public Assistance

Update on Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Today, March 27, the House passed and the President signed H.R. 748 – the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide $2 trillion in support to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. This legislation was passed in the

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