On July 13 the U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment increasing funding for the Volunteer Fire Assistance program from $13 million to $15 million.
The amendment was offered by Reps Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) to the FY2017 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 5538).
The Volunteer Fire Assistance program, formerly known as the Rural Community Fire Protection Program, was initiated by the Cooperative Forestry Act of 1978. VFA is administered by the U.S. Forest Service.