by Romina Boccia
The Heritage Foundation
July 28, 2014
As part of a request to authorize emergency deficit spending for wildfire suppression in 2014, President Obama also asked Congress to fund 30 percent of suppression costs by creating a new spending loophole in the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA). Although Congress should appropriate sufficient funding for wildfire suppression, which currently falls within the federal government’s responsibility, this does not mean that Congress should do so through a spending loophole. Instead, Congress should budget appropriately for wildfire suppression costs by using the most accurate estimation method to determine funding needs and by adhering to its agreement to limit discretionary spending under a budget cap and sequestration.

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