Text of Final Government Budget Deal Available; Increase in AFG Funds

The United States Congress and the Obama Administration reached a budget deal last Friday for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 appropriations. The legislative text of H.R. 1473, the compromise version that will be voted on by the House on Thursday, April 14, then by the Senate, is now available and details funding for fire grants.

H.R. 1473 provides $405 million for the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) program and $405 million for the SAFER (hiring) program for FY 2011. This represents a $15 million increase for the AFG program over its FY 2010 funding level of $390 million.

The above appropriation levels are consistent with the Fire and Rescue Coalition’s request for FY 2011, to which the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) and the Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association (FEMSA) were signatories.

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