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U.S. House Passes Measure to Restore Funding for Elite Urban Search & Rescue Teams

The House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Congressmen Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), to restore $7.7 million in federal funding for the 28 federal Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams, including Virginia Task Force 1 (VA-TF 1) based in the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.   The Grimm-Connolly amendment passed the House Wednesday during consideration of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2217).  The measure restores funding for the USAR teams to the Fiscal Year 2013 level.  The increased appropriation for the USAR teams was offset by a cut of $7.7 million from DHS administrative funding ...

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