Local 106 Brothers and Sisters,
As you may recall my reporting, legislation to reauthorize the FIRE and SAFER grant programs passed the U.S. Senate months ago, but the U.S. House has failed to act, despite many opportunities.
Unless the U.S. House of Representatives acts soon, the FIRE and SAFER grant programs will be abolished on January 2 -- in less than one month. It is critical that these essential programs are reauthorized NOW!
House Republican leadership promised we IAFF fire fighters they would get the job done. It's time to live up to their word. In less than two legislative weeks, Congress adjourns for the Christmas Recess. We are running out of time.
To be clear, the Congressional members who serve all areas L106 covers DO support the grants and have voted in their favor in the past. However, there is some urgency in even letting our 'friends' know just how important these grants are to us.
You can help. We need to call or write to our representative and tell them to call on House Republican leadership to pass S. 829 before it is too late!
- The FIRE and SAFER grant programs have long helped protect public safety in local communities. These crucial programs help ensure that our fire departments have the necessary training, equipment and personnel to respond to more than 30 million emergencies every year.
- Fire departments in every Washington congressional district have received funding from FIRE and SAFER grants.
- Absent immediate House action, these crucial life saving-grants will be eliminated effective January 2.
DON’T DELAY, MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD NOW! Contact your U.S. representative and tell them to call on House Republican leadership to pass S. 829 immediately!
Call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with your representative’s office.
Contact your representative Directily:
The 1st Congressional District representative is Susan DelBene: Phone Mt. Vernon office @ (360) 416-7879 or email: https://delbene.house.gov/contact/
The 2nd Congressional District representative is Rick Larsen: Phone DC office @ (202) 225-2605 or in Everett @ (425) 252-3188, or email: https://larsen.house.gov/contact-rick/email-rick
OR Post a message on your representative’s social media sites (Facebook and Twitter).
For additional assistance, contact the IAFF Governmental Affairs Department at (202) 737-8484 or Call me! (360) 319-2280
Colin Lowin, your PAC Chair