President Signs NFPCA Appropriations Bill

President Signs NFPCA Appropriations Bill

President Ford signs into law S. 2862, a bill which authorizes appropriations for the NFPCA and the Center for Fire Research. Present at the signing were (left to right) Elliot L. Richardson, secretary of commerce; W. Howard McClennan, president, International Association of Fire Fighters; Howard D. Tipton, administrator, NFPCA; David Gratz, president, International Association of Fire Chiefs and chief, Montgomery County, Md., Fire and Rescue Service; and Robert E. Carter, chairman of the Joint Council of National Fire Service Organizations and supervisor of fire service training for the Virginia Department of Education.

President Ford on September 13 signed into law S. 2862, a bill which authorizes appropriations for the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration and the Fire Research Center at the National Bureau of Standards.

On signing the bill, the President noted that he had “consistently supported the important work of the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration and the Fire Research Center.” The President had vetoed a similar bill to S. 2862 (H.R. 12567) two months ago because it provided for an unacceptable legislative encroachment on the President’s responsibilities over executive branch operations.

That bill (H.R. 12567) was returned for reconsideration by Congress, because it contained a provision which extended to the Congress the power to prohibit specific transactions authorized by law, without changing the law and following the constitutional process such a change would require.

The President endorsed the NFPCA at the bill signing. He said, “Due to the great national loss caused by fires, both in terms of human lives and property, and because of the challenge of improving fire prevention and control, I am happy to sign this bill, which permits the important government fire prevention and control effort to continue. With passage of this bill, the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration will now have authority through fiscal year 1978 to carry out its important work of coordinating programs of fire prevention and control. The Fire Research Center can now continue to conduct the needed basic and applied research into the fundamental problems of fire prevention and control.”

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