The House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 933). This legislation passed the Senate last week and will fund the federal government through September 30, 2013. In total, the bill allocates $984 billion for federal non-emergency discretionary funding, which is a decline from $1.043 trillion in FY 2012, according to the. The legislation contains the enacted 5% sequester of nondefense discretionary spending and an additional rescission for selected agencies.
This bill will allocate the following amounts for the following fire-service programs:
- U.S. Fire Administration: $41.96 million
- FIRE grant program: $320.31 million
- SAFER grant program: $320.31 million
- Urban Search and Rescue: $33.39 million
- State Homeland Security Grant Program: $328.95 million
- Urban Areas Security Initiative: $474.90 million
- U.S. Department of Interior, Wildland Fire Management: $688.5 million
- U.S. Forest Service, Wildland Fire Management: $1.846 billion
The bill continues the existing waivers to the requirements of the SAFER grant program. In addition, the bill will charge the 5% to administergrant programs (including the AFG and SAFER grant programs) to the Salaries and Expenses account, which will help offset the sequester for the grant programs.
The bill is being sent to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it, the IAFC said.