Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on April 26, 2021, announced that Congress would restore – on a bipartisan basis – the authority to approve congressionally-directed spending items with enhanced transparency and accountability.
Please note that any requests may be posted publicly in accordance with Rule XLIV of the Standing Rules of the Senate, which requires rigorous procedures for transparency and accountability.
The Appropriations Committee also announced the following requirements for congressionally directed spending items:
Existing Requirements: In reviewing member requests for congressionally directed spending items, the Senate Appropriations Committee will implement Rule XLIV of the Standing Rules of the Senate. Rule XLIV, requires rigorous procedures for accountability and transparency, such as:
Reforms: In addition to these important requirements, rules for congressionally directed spending items will be further enhanced with reforms that will:
Please note that any congressionally directed spending requests are for informational purposes only and are not an application for federal funding. Submission of such requests does not constitute a binding commitment on any party nor a guarantee that any organization will be awarded funding from any federal agency through this process. Furthermore, the submission, review, and approval of applications for federal funding will be carried out consistent with federal agency rules and regulations.