Leadership

CONGRESSIONAL CLIPBOARD

Issue 10 and Volume 142.

CONGRESSIONAL CLIPBOARD BY the time this article is published, the Senate will have voted on the budget for the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Aeademy. In all likelihood, the Senate will have restored two full-time employees who the administration cut and resolved the issue of site administration at the National Emergency Training Center. This would cost about $100,000. No, not $1 million, or $100 million, but S 100,000. Not to trivialize the value of a dollar, it is nevertheless worth noting that the U.S. Fire Administration must have one of a very few programs over which Congress quibbles about any sum that is not a round million. To understand the obstacles the fire service faces in securing federal resources, one has to see the needs of the fire service in relationship to competing programs, since that’s how Congress sees them. Each year when Congress passes the budget, “pork…

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