US Senators Now Accepting Congressionally Directed Spending Requests From Cities

May 18, 2021

Cities seeking federal funding for projects should submit electronic applications to Sens. Klobuchar and Smith by May 21.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has followed suit with its House counterpart to bring back congressionally directed spending, formerly known as “earmarks,” to support the fiscal year 2022 federal budget process.

In addition to the proposals that cities may have submitted to their House members last month, there is also an opportunity for cities to submit projects for consideration for federal funding to the offices of Sen. Tina Smith and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

For more information on congressionally directed spending, read a previous article

How to submit a project

Interested cities need to complete a submission form with information about the project, including:

  • A needs statement.
  • Total cost of the project.
  • The relevant appropriations bill that the project falls under.

All project proposals must be submitted electronically to the senators’ offices by 5 p.m. on May 21.

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