NG 9-1-1 Funding Legislation Introduced into Senate
Thursday, September 16, 2021 | Comments

Senator Amy Klobuchar introduced a bill into the U.S. Senate that would provide funding for the deployment of next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1).

According to the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), the language of the bill mirrors that of a budget reconciliation bill introduced into the U.S. House last week. That bill, if passed, would appropriate $10 billion for fiscal year 2022 for grants to entities for implementing, operating or maintaining NG 9-1-1. Those funds would remain available until September 30, 2026.

That bill, which was introduced in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, passed the committee on September 13. That bill will be part of a budget reconciliation package that the House is expected to consider later this month. It is unclear when the Senate bill will move forward. Klobuchar introduced it into the house on September 15.

“We are happy to join our fellow public-safety and 9-1-1 industry organizations in supporting this legislation,” said NENA President Jennifer White. “We thank Sen. Klobuchar and her staff for their tireless dedication to making next-generation 9-1-1 a reality for all Americans. Now, we urge every member of Congress to support this essential measure and give all Americans the modern, secure, resilient, interoperable 9-1-1 service they need.”

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