Federal budget documents released this week show that Congress is set to spend an additional $4 trillion this year on things like firefighting and flood prevention, and that includes the fire department.
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will receive $4,831,856 for 2019, the second highest spending in the budget, with an increase of $9.4 billion.
That is a 6.5 percent increase from the $3.8 billion spent in 2018, but the agency is only on pace to spend $2.9 billion more in 2020 than in 2019.
The fire department is also on track to receive a $3 billion increase over 2020, a 6 percent increase over 2019, and $1.7 billion more than in 2021.
The budget also contains an increase in federal aid to rural communities, with $3,000 for every dollar spent, up from $1,600 in 2018.
The department of homeland security will also receive an additional grant of $3 million for 2020, up slightly from the previous year’s $2 million.
“The increase in aid for rural communities is a result of Congress appropriating an additional amount of money for them, which means that the money is going to a program that’s needed,” said Kevin Drum, the executive director of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.
“This is what the government is supposed to do for us.
We need to be able to help rural communities.”
While the budget includes some new spending on disaster relief, it also includes funding for new projects and programs, such as an increased federal presence in Puerto Rico.
This includes $20 million for a National Response Center to coordinate disaster relief efforts on the island, and another $20 for a pilot program to train disaster response officials in a variety of fields.
It also includes $4 million for the State and Local Emergency Response Fund to help local governments with disaster relief and mitigation, and other funds that are specifically earmarked for areas affected by natural disasters.
“It’s a lot of money, but not as much as some people think,” said Matt McAdam, a fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank that advocates for spending cuts.
“We don’t have to spend a lot to do the same things we did in the past.”
Federal aid will also increase under the Trump administration, which is also expected to continue to push forward with a plan to slash federal aid, which it hopes will reduce spending in 2021 by $100 billion, or 6 percent, compared to the current level.
It is not clear how the budget will affect the Trump-era “border wall” Trump has promised to build on the U.S.-Mexico border.
That border wall, which was supposed to be completed in 2021, is still in the planning stages, with no firm timeline or price tag.