On May 1, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released a bipartisan fiscal year (FY) 2017 omnibus appropriations bill (formally known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017) to fund federal operations through Sept. 30, 2017, the remainder of the current fiscal year. For the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the bipartisan budget agreement rejects proposed cuts to FEMA grants and maintains funding at FY 2016 levels. The agreement includes funding of $350 million for Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG), $690 million for firefighter assistance grants, and $1.3 billion for state and local assistance grants. FEMA’s disaster relief account is fully funded at $7.3 billion. Budget highlights are summarized here.
IAEM members are encouraged to contact their Senators and Member of Congress to thank them for funding the EMPG program at the $350 million level in FY 2017, and urge them to maintain that same level of support for the program in FY 2018.