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As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am committed to increasing federal investment in New Mexico. Through recent reforms, the federal appropriations process now includes the opportunity to fund local projects through Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS). During this process, I work with non-profit entities, universities, and state, Tribal, and local governments to direct federal funding to projects that truly have an impact on the lives of New Mexicans.  Over the last two years, I’ve been proud to work with communities throughout New Mexico to deliver $403 million in Congressionally Directed Spending to support 191 projects. You can find the list of CDS projects I secured funding for in FY23 here and in FY22 here.

For FY24, New Mexicans submitted nearly 580 projects to my office for consideration for Congressionally Directed Spending. Those projects were reviewed for eligibility, impact, and severity of need, and I selected 317 projects to submit to the Appropriations Committee for consideration. These projects are posted below by Subcommittee in alphabetical order by project location.

After these requests are submitted, the full Senate Appropriations Committee selects which of these projects to include in each budget bill. It is then up to the full Senate and House of Representatives to take up and pass each budget bill, or an omnibus bill that combines all smaller budget bills.

 I will continue to fight for New Mexico and these projects throughout this legislative process.



  • Agricultural Research Service, Building and Facilities (ARS B&F)
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) (S&E)
  • Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO)
  • Rural Development, Community Facilities grants
  • Rural Development, Distance Learning, Telemedicine, and Broadband Program (DLT) grants


  • Department of Commerce; National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Scientific and Technical Research Services (STRS); External Projects
  • Department of Commerce; NIST; Construction of Research Facilities; Extramural Construction
  • Department of Commerce; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Operations, Research, and Facilities (ORF); Special Projects
  • Department of Justice; Office on Justice Programs; State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance; Byrne Discretionary
  • Department of Justice; Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS); COPS Law Enforcement Technology and Equipment
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Safety, Security and Mission Support


  • Corps of Engineers: Investigations
  • Corps of Engineers: Construction
  • Corps of Engineers: Operation & Maintenance
  • Corps of Engineers: Mississippi Rivers & Tributaries: Investigations
  • Corps of Engineers: Mississippi Rivers & Tributaries: Construction
  • Corps of Engineers: Mississippi Rivers & Tributaries: Operation & Maintenance
  • Bureau of Reclamation: Water and Related Resources
  • Department of Energy: “Energy Projects” Account will include the following topic areas:
    • Renewable and Clean Energy projects
    • Electricity and Energy Resiliency projects
    • Cybersecurity and Energy Security projects
    • Nuclear Energy Projects
    • Fossil Energy or Carbon Management Projects


  • Small Business Administration, Administrative Provision
  • National Archives and Records Administration, National Historical Publications and Records Commission
  • National Archives and Records Administration, Repair and Restoration
  • General Services Administration, Federal Buildings Fund, Construction and Acquisition
  • General Services Administration, Federal Buildings Fund, Repairs and Alterations
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy – Prevention Grants


  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Pre-Disaster Mitigation Projects; and
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Operations Center Grant Program


  • EPA, STAG, Clean Water SRF, Clean Water CDS
  • EPA, STAG, Drinking Water SRF, Drinking Water CDS
  • IHS, Sanitation Facilities Construction, Sanitation Facilities Construction CDS
  • NPS, Historic Preservation Fund Projects
  • USFS, State and Private Forestry, Forest Resource Information and Analysis
  • LWCF: Great American Outdoors Act, Land and Water Conservation Fund
    • BLM, Land Acquisition
    • FWS, Land Acquisition
    • NPS, Land Acquisition
    • USFS, Land Acquisition
    • USFS, Forest Legacy
  • LRF: Great American Outdoors Act, Legacy Restoration Fund
    • BLM, Legacy Restoration Fund
    • FWS, Legacy Restoration Fund
    • NPS, Legacy Restoration Fund
    • BIE, Legacy Restoration Fund
    • USFS, Legacy Restoration Fund
  • LMCON: Land Management Agencies, Construction
    • BLM, Construction
    • FWS, Construction Projects, Line Item Construction
    • NPS, Construction, Line Item Construction and Maintenance
    • USFS, Capital Improvement and Maintenance, Facilities, Road and Trails
  • Land Management Agencies, Local Projects and Research
    • BLM, Management of Land and Resources, Habitat Management Priorities
    • NPS, National Recreation and Preservation, Statutory and Contractual Aid
    • FWS, Resource Management, Stewardship Priorities
    • USGS, Surveys Investigations and Research, Special Initiatives
  • BIA, Operation of Indian Programs, Special Initiatives
  • EPA, Science and Technology, Research: National Priorities EPA, State and Tribal Assistance Grants,
  • STAG Infrastructure Grants


  • Department of Labor—Employment and Training Administration—Training and Employment Services
  • Department of Health and Human Services—Health Resources and Services Administration—Program Management
  • Department of Health and Human Services—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—Health Surveillance and Program Support
  • Department of Health and Human Services—Administration for Children and Families— Children and Families Services Programs
  • Department of Health and Human Services—Administration for Community Living—Aging and Disability Services Programs
  • Department of Education— Innovation and Improvement—Fund for the Improvement of Education
  • Department of Education—Rehabilitation Services—Demonstration and Training
  • Department of Education—Higher Education—Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education


  • Military Construction, Army
  • Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps
  • Military Construction, Air Force
  • Military Construction, Defense-Wide
  • Military Construction, Army National Guard
  • Military Construction, Air National Guard
  • Military Construction, Army Reserve
  • Military Construction, Navy Reserve
  • Military Construction, Air Force Reserve


  • Transportation Planning, Research, and Development (TPR&D) for transportation research projects
  • Grants-in-Aid for Airports (Airport Improvement Program or AIP)
  • Facilities and Equipment (F&E) for terminal air traffic control facility replacement projects
  • Highway Infrastructure Program (HIP)
  • Transit Infrastructure Grants (TIG)
  • Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) Grants
  • Community Development Fund” for “Economic Development Initiatives (EDI)


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:

  • No Member Financial Interest: The rules forbid any member from pursuing a Congressionally Directed Spending item to further his or her financial interest, or that of his or her immediate family. Each member requesting a Congressionally Directed Spending item must certify in writing that there is no such interest and make that certification available to the public.
  • Request in Writing: Any member requesting a Congressionally Directed Spending item must do so in writing, including the Member’s name, the name and location of the intended recipient, and the purpose of the spending item.
  • Committee Consideration: When reporting legislation containing Congressionally Directed Spending items, the Committee is required to make each item publicly available online in a searchable format as soon as practicable after the mark up (including the name of each Member requesting the item).
  • Disclosure Before Floor Consideration: The rules prohibit a vote on a motion to proceed to a bill or a vote on adoption of a conference report, unless the chair of the committee, certifies that a complete list of Congressionally Directed Spending items has been publicly available for at least 48 hours.
  • Point of Order Against New Projects in Conference Reports: A point of order may be raised against a provision of the conference report if it includes a Congressionally Directed Spending item that was not included in either the House or Senate bills.

Reforms: In addition to these important requirements, rules for Congressionally Directed Spending items will be further enhanced with reforms that will:

  • Institute a 1 percent cap on discretionary spending for congressionally directed spending items;
  • Ban congressionally directed spending items to for-profit entities;
  • Require Senators to post online their congressionally directed spending item requests, as well as their financial certification disclosures attesting that they do not have any financial interest in any of the items requested; and
  • Require the Government Accountability Office to audit a sample of enacted congressionally directed spending items and report its findings to Congress.