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.
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: