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Senator Schatz is interested in hearing from you about funding that benefits Hawai‘i and our nation.

Should you have specific suggestions or comments on federal appropriations, you may submit them for consideration through this website.  These forms request detailed information that is best provided by organizations, agencies, nonprofits, and firms that are local recipients, administrators, or stakeholders for federal programmatic funding.  If you would like to make more general comments about federal programs, please do so using Senator Schatz’s contact page.

To view Senator Schatz's FY22 Congressionally Directed Spending requests, click here.

Congressionally Directed Spending Items

On April 26, 2021, the Senate Appropriations Committee announced it is accepting requests for “congressionally directed spending items,” which are often called earmarks. 

Please note that the Appropriations Committee has set these conditions on congressionally directed spending items.

  • Requests from for-profit entities are not allowed.
  • Requests are only allowed in from these eligible accounts.
  • The total amount of money for congressionally directed spending items will be capped at no more than one percent of fiscal year 2022 discretionary appropriations.
  • Congressionally directed spending items are subject to Government Accountability Office audits.

Congressionally directed spending items are defined in Senate Rule XLIV:

“[T]he term ‘congressionally directed spending item’ means a provision or report language included primarily at the request of a Senator providing, authorizing, or recommending a specific amount of discretionary budget authority, credit authority, or other spending authority for a contract, loan, loan guarantee, grant, loan authority, or other expenditure with or to an entity, or targeted to a specific State, locality or Congressional district, other than through a statutory or administrative formula-driven or competitive award process[.]”

Programmatic Funding

The vast majority of federal discretionary spending will continue to be programmatic funding. Programmatic funding includes most federal agency programs, including programs that award money to Hawaii entities (e.g. state and local government, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses) through funding formulas, competitive grant applications, or loans. 


For fiscal year 2022 congressionally directed spending, forms must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. HST (11:00 p.m. EST) on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.  If you have not submitted appropriations request in previous years, we recommend that you contact a member of Senator Schatz’s legislative staff well in advance of submitting your form.  Please contact to be connected with the appropriate legislative staffer.  

How to Select a Form

For programmatic appropriations requests, first determine the subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the funding you are requesting.  The full jurisdiction of each subcommittee is viewable on the committee’s website,  Once you have determined the subcommittee, please click on the link below for the subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the funding.  These links will take you to a log in page for the appropriate form.  Follow the instructions to fill out the form.

For congressionally directed spending requests, please click on the “congressionally directed spending” link below.  This link will take you to the log in page for the appropriate form.  Follow the instructions to fill out the form.

Form for Congressionally Directed Spending Requests

Forms for Programmatic Requests