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IAEM-USA provides outside witness statement to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security regarding FEMA budget

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IAEM-USA President Jeffrey Walker, on April 19, 2013, provided a written outside witness statement for the record on the FY 2014 appropriations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the Subcommittee on Homeland Security of the House Committee on Appropriations. Specifically, IAEM-USA urged the approval of the President's request of $350 million for EMPG to continue to build state and local emergency management capacity, and urged Congress to continue to reject combining it with other accounts. IAEM-USA requested an increase of $1 million over the requested level of $20.5 million for the Emergency Management Institute, the "crown jewel" of emergency management training and doctrine. The President has proposed termination of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, and IAEM-USA urges Congress to reject this proposal and provide a minimum of $25 million as appropriated in FY 2013. The Administration-proposed National Preparedness Grant Program would consolidate 18 different preparedness grants (excluding EMPG and Firefighter Assistance Grants) into one grant. IAEM-USA will provide additional comments after reviewing the forthcoming legislative proposal. View the comments posted on the IAEM website. more

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