QUICK LINKS:

Obama to propose changes to wildfire funding

Created: 02/22/2014 8:30 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

A White House official says President Barack Obama is proposing a major change in the way the government pays to fight wildfires.
    
The proposal would allow federal agencies to draw on a special disaster account when the cost of fighting wildfires exceeds their annual budget. That's the same way the federal government funds its response to other natural disasters.
    
The funding change proposal will be included in the budget Obama will send to Congress next month. Obama plans to discuss the proposal Monday during a meeting with governors from states impacted by wildfires and drought.
    
The official was not authorized to discuss the details publicly by name and insisted on anonymity. The proposal was first reported by The New York Times.



News10NBC/WHEC-TV welcomes your opinion and interaction on our website, but please remember to keep it clean. If you're advertising for another business, being profane, vulgar or slanderous your post will be deleted. By commenting on this website, you agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they posted.



Rochester

Broken Clouds
70°
77° | 67°
  • Feels like: 70° F
  • Wind: 0mph
  • Humidity: 87%
  • Fri Mix of sun and clouds
    79° | 64°
  • Sat Chance of showers
    79° | 64°
  • Sun Times of sun and clouds
    81° | 60°
  • Mon More sun than clouds
    82° | 61°