House and Senate appropriators have agreed to two omnibus FY 2020 appropriations bills (one domestic, the other defense and homeland security). In the agreement, fire grants received a total of $710 million: $355 million for each of the Assistance to Fire Grants (AFG) and SAFER programs. This represents a $10 million increase over last year’s funding level. The House appropriators earlier in the year had given both programs a combined $50 million increase, but that action was prior to an agreement in overall domestic discretionary levels between the House and the Senate. Both programs remain popular among both House and Senate members.
The U.S. Fire Administration was funded at $46.844
The State Homeland Security Grant program received $560 million; and the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) received $665 million. Emergency Management Performance Grants received $355 million; Port Security, $100 million and Transportation Security, $100 million.
One of the major increases in the Department of Homeland Security is in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency which received a $334 million increase to a level of $2 billion.
Both the House and Senate will vote on the measures this week.
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