Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor after filing cloture on the motion to proceed to the Fire Grants and Safety Act. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:
I am moving to file cloture on this bill, which would make sure that both the SAFER grants and the AFG grants, which protect and help our paid and volunteer firefighters, continues. It expires in a few months if we do nothing.
Our firefighters, both paid and volunteer, are brave; they risk their lives for us, they run to danger, not away from it. And they need both equipment and personnel so that they can continue to do their jobs, particularly in smaller, more rural and more suburban areas where there's not the tax base to support the stuff that they need. So, I hope we can move forward quickly on this legislation.