Members of the House of Representatives are required to post information on the requests they submit to the Appropriations Committee on their official House website at the time the request is made. Each request is required to include the following information:
The proposed recipient, and address of the recipient,
The amount of the request,and
An explanation of the request, including purpose, and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.
Many constituents are interested in federal appropriations requests, or "earmarks," and how they work. The responsible application of earmarked funds, federal resources designated for local projects of high public purpose, can have widespread benefits for our communities, our state, and our nation.
In making such requests, my office seeks to use taxpayer dollars prudently, considering cost-benefit analyses and community support. These requests may support renewable energy, higher education, health care and medical research, military construction, environmental protection, infrastructure, and transportation initiatives that have regional and national benefits. The federal appropriations process is lengthy and complicated, involving 12 separate bills. In compliance with House Appropriations Committee rules and in order to make the process as transparent as possible, I am posting all of my earmark requests on this website.