Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Provides $30 Million Less for AFG

On July 14, the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee approved legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for FY 2011, including providing $390 million for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program and $420 million for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) supports full funding (approximately $1 billion each) for both AFG and SAFER but also recognizes the difficult fiscal situation in the country today. In March, the NVFC joined with other fire service groups to send letters to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees asking that they provide $...

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