Congress Ups SAFER, Cuts FIRE Act Funding

As expected, a bill that increases SAFER funding and cuts FIRE Act money is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature.

On Thursday, the Senate passed the House Resolution that funds the Department of Homeland Security through Sept. 2010.

The bill earmarks $420M for SAFER compared to $210M funded last year.

However, money for FIRE Act grants went from $565M to $390M.

Funding for Emergency Management Performance grants and Emergency Operations Centers was increased.

There will be $60M available for EOCs, up from $35M, and EMP funding went from $315 to $340.