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Earmarks Not Returning for FY 2020 Appropriations Cycle; House Appropriations Subcommittee Deadlines Set for FY20 Requests

Posted @ Friday, March 01, 2019    By Zach Israel
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House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) announced yesterday in a letter sent to her House colleagues that “there is currently not the necessary bipartisan, bicameral agreement to allow the Appropriations Committee to earmark. For that reason, I do not expect Fiscal Year 2020 House spending bills to include Congressionally-directed spending.” So, unfortunately, earmarks will not be returning this year for the FY 2020 Appropriations cycle. However, Chairwoman Lowey goes on to state in her letter that “Over the coming months, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate must discuss the issue of earmarks in our respective caucuses and conferences to determine member preferences, solicit ideas to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, and when applicable, change rules to permit members to request earmarks.” Senate Appropriators also announced that they do not plan on reviving earmarks for the FY 2020 appropriations cycle, following the lead of the House.

Additionally, the House Appropriations Committee announced subcommittee deadlines for House members to submit FY 2020 Appropriations/Programmatic requests to the Committee . The announced deadlines for the 12 Subcommittees all fall between Thursday, March 28th—Thursday, April 4th, 2019, so House offices will need to receive any submitted requests prior to those dates. The Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet set Subcommittee deadlines.

Here are the 12 House Appropriations Subcommittee deadlines:

  • Agriculture-FDA: April 4
  • Commerce-Justice-Science: April 1
  • Defense: April 1
  • Energy and Water Development: April 1
  • Financial Services-General Government: April 4
  • Homeland Security: April 4
  • Interior-Environment: April 1
  • Labor-Health and Human Services-Education: March 28
  • Legislative Branch: March 28
  • Military Construction-Veterans Affairs: March 28
  • State-Foreign Operations: March 28
  • Transportation-Housing and Urban Development: April 4

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