Consenses is the Key to Grant Program Success

"Legislation has been put on the fast track." That's not a term Congress often uses anymore. These days with partisan politics deeply imbedded in our political systems, it's a small wonder that the wheels of government continue to spin.

The Congressional Fire Services Institute will continue to serve as the forum where the major fire service groups can conduct discussions on key fire service issues. While we are proud of our work in facilitating discussions on the reauthorization legislation, it is important for the fire service to understand how the process works in Washington, D.C. To remain effective and command the attention of Congress and the Administration, we must continue to work together in advancing consensus positions on those issues that impact all our members.

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BILL WEBB, a Contributing Editor, is the Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI). Established in 1989, CFSI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute designed to enhance Congressional awareness about the concerns and needs of the fire and emergency services. In his capacity, Bill works closely with members of Congress and fire service leaders on developing federal legislation to improve the readiness of our nation's fire and emergency services. Previously, he served in the first Bush Administration as Director of Advance at the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, traveling across the country and abroad organizing events for the Secretaries. To read Bill's complete biography and view his archived articles, click here.