The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security reviewed the FY2013 Budget for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Wednesday morning. FEMA Director Craig Fugate testified.
The $13.5 billion request is $364.2 million below the FY2012 FEMA budget.
The request focuses on ensuring resilience to disasters and funds state and local programs at $2.9 billion, which is about $500 million more than was appropriated in FY2012. It proposes a new homeland security grants program to support national preparedness and response.
The Disaster Relief Fund is funded at $6.1 billion, which is a decrease of $987 million from FY2012.
Additional witnesses included Ross Ashley, executive director of the National Fusion Center Association; Jeff Caynon, president of the Houston, Texas Professional Firefighters Association; John Holmes, deputy executive director for Port of Los Angeles; Jim Mullen, president of the National Emergency Management Association; and Michael DePallo, director and general manager for the Port Authority Trans Hudson Corporation.