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Summer is upon us in Washington and both Congress and the Administration are tackling a number of issues that impact the emergency management community. 

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released President Trump’s FY18 Budget Proposal on May 23, 2017. The proposed budget numbers illustrate significant reductions to grants for State and local emergency responders as compared to the FY17 Consolidated Appropriations Act signed earlier this month. The Administration is also proposing a 25 percent non-Federal cost match for grant programs that currently do not require one but no details as to the nature of the cost match were included (hard or soft match). A number of programs are proposed for elimination including CVE/CCTA, Continuing Training grants, NDCP, and Emergency Food and Shelter. In addition, RiskMAP is slated for elimination and FEMA is directed to identify a way to shift the cost to NFIP policyholders. Congressional reaction has been swift and relatively bipartisan as many members have opposed the numerous cuts and eliminations to various programs. NEMA will be working with various stakeholder organizations and others in Congress and the Administration to express our concern for various cuts and support for critical programs. As a reminder: this is a proposal and there are a number of avenues to weigh in to affect the final outcome of the FY18 appropriations process.

Nomination hearings for key Administration positions continue on Capitol Hill. President Trump nominated Brock Long to be FEMA Administrator in May and his nomination hearing will be held June 7 at 10am. The hearing will be webcast on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee website. NEMA has sent a letter to HSGAC leadership expressing support for Mr. Long's nomination and will continue to support his swift confirmation.

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