Each year, the United States Congress has a constitutional obligation to debate and pass several pieces of legislation, known as appropriations bills, which fund the operations of the federal government and maintain services for the American public. These bills fund every aspect of our government, ranging from our military to student loan programs to disease research and prevention.
As we begin the Fiscal Year 2014 funding cycle, I have an opportunity to submit “programmatic requests” on behalf of local organizations that want to impact the overall funding levels of important national programs. For example, I can submit a request on behalf of a local police department to increase funding for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) in order to improve the department’s chances of receiving a COPS grant in the future.
While earmarks, or funding for specific projects, are no longer permissible in the House of Representatives, I believe that submitting programmatic requests is an important part of my responsibility to bring tax dollars back to Indianapolis. These dollars fund critical afterschool activities, job training programs, police and fire departments, and countless other community focused organizations and initiatives. I will seriously consider all requests I receive.
Due Date: Friday, March 22, 2013
If you are interested in submitting a programmatic request, please complete the attached form and submit it by Friday, March 22, 2013. All fields must be completed and separate forms should be sent for each request. No additional requests will be considered after this date.
Please note that programmatic requests should be for changes in the total levels of federal programs. They are NOT funding requests for specific local projects or requests to increase the amount of a previously awarded grant, contract or loan. They are NOT a guarantee that funds will reach the requesting organization. They are simply an opportunity to boost funding levels for federal programs that local Hoosiers rely on.
Completed request forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests must be submitted in Microsoft Word format. No additional information is needed unless requested.
All requests for report language must be discussed with staff in the Washington, D.C. office and not submitted using the appropriations request form. Please direct all requests to Nathan Bennett at (202) 225-4011.