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House Appropriations Committee approves FY 2016 DHS appropriations bill

from IAEM

On July 14, the full House Appropriations Committee considered and approved by a vote of 32-17 the FY 2016 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security. No changes were made to the FEMA funding levels, as reported in the IAEM-USA July 8 memo to members. An updated memo with additional details will be posted on the IAEM website’s Government Affairs page. Details of committee concerns and directions were included in the committee draft report released July 13. Six amendments were approved to the draft bill and report. An amendment by Rep. Yoder (R-KS) prohibits grants from the FEMA State and Local account going to sanctuary cities. (Note: EMPG and Firefighter Assistance funds are not in this account.) Although funding was not added, Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), David Price (D-NC), and Nita Lowey (D-NY) made a case for adding funding to the PreDisaster Mitigation Grant Program and flood mapping. The Committee markup session is available on YouTube. Because of controversial immigration amendments, the bill is not expected to be considered on the House floor, and another stop gap bill (Continuing Resolution) is expected. more


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