(Washington, D.C.) — Today, Rep. Kirkpatrick announces the House Appropriations Committee’s implementation of Community Project Funding, otherwise known as earmarks.
Informed by the bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, the inclusion of Community Project Funding in fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills came from listening to members on both sides of the aisle, from different districts, and of varying seniority and backgrounds.
Members want Congress to help their communities, particularly now as the pandemic exposed so many inequalities and needs. Community Project Funding will allow Congress to fund the projects that will make a real difference in the lives of our constituents, particularly now as so many people in so many communities are hurting.
“Community Project Funding is a crucial reform that will make Congress work more effectively for the people,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. “After all, no one knows the district better than the Member elected to represent it. Now more than ever, our communities need our help. With Community Project Funding, we can be of more direct assistance. We have put together high standards of accountability so the money is spent judiciously, and ultimately these bipartisan reforms will create projects with strong community support.”
To foster public accountability, Members are required to post every Community Project Funding request online simultaneously with their submission to the Committee. The website must be searchable. Also, Members must certify to the Committee that their immediate families have no financial interest in the projects they request. This is an expansion beyond the underlying requirements in House Rules in order to cover immediate families of Members.
Further, there is a ban on directing Community Project Funding to for-profit grantees. The Committee will limit Community Project Funding to no more than 1 percent of discretionary spending, and the Committee will accept a maximum of 10 community project requests from each member, though only a handful may actually be funded.
For a full summary and fact sheet about Community Project Funding, click here.