Movement Made on Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Legislation
October 7, 2019
On September 27, President Trump signed H.R. 4378, legislation funding federal government operations through November 21, 2019, into law. The bill averted a federal government shutdown that would have taken place on October 1, the first day of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020.
There was significant movement on FY 2020 appropriations legislation in the House of Representatives over the summer. In September, the Senate began to move its own appropriations legislation forward. S. 2582, the FY 2020 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, was approved by the committee on September 26 and provides $355 million each for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs. S. 2582 also provides $46.844 million for the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). The funding levels in S. 2582 are higher than the FY 2019 appropriation and what was requested in the President’s budget, but lower than the levels provided in the House version of the bill, H.R. 3931.
On September 26, the committee also approved S. 2580, the FY 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. S. 2580 contains $18.5 million for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grant program, $1.5 million above the FY 2019 funding level and $500,000 less than was provided in the House version of the bill.