Obama Proposal Cuts AFG, SAFER

President Obama's proposed 2011 budget calls for cuts to AFG and SAFER, and a slight increase for the USFA.

The spending plan includes $305M each for AFG and SAFER. In FY ’10, AFG received $390M and SAFER, $420M..

The proposal, posted Monday on the Office of Management and Budget website, also includes $45.9M for the USFA, which received $45.59M last year.

The National Volunteer Fire Council pointed out Tuesday that the proposed budget does not contain a specific funding request for Citizen Corps, a program that brings together government and community leaders to involve citizens in all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience.

The Fire Corps program, part of Citizens Corps, consists of people who can assist fire, rescue and EMS departments in a variety of supportive roles. Last year, Citizen Corps received $13M.

To get funding now, Citizen Corps would be eligible for an allocation from the DHS State Homeland Security Grant program, set to get $1.0 5B.

On Tuesday, NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg said: "President's budget request is the first step in the appropriations process. As we do every year, the NVFC will work closely with our allies on Capitol Hill to ensure that crucial programs that fund emergency services activities receive adequate funding."