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One of the most fundamental constitutional duties of Congress is the appropriations process—the annual allocation of funds for federal discretionary programs that support national defense, small businesses, transportation, food assistance for low-income seniors, research and development, and much more. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Shaheen looks to ensure that the federal government invests in policies and programs that provide assistance to Granite State communities and help our nation move forward.

Only public and non-profit entities may request congressional directed spending items.

Requests may be made for the following bills:

  1. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  2. Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies
  3. Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
  4. Financial Services and General Government 
  5. Homeland Security 
  6. Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
  7. Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
  8. Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
  9. Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

To see an example of an application that was considered favorably by application reviewers in FY22, please click here.

For more information on the CDS process, please consult the March 5th webinar 'Submitting Congressional Directed Spending Requests in FY25' hosted by the New Hampshire Municipal Association.

If interested in learning more about the CDS process, please consult the February 15, 2023 webinar 'Submitting Congressional Directed Spending Requests in FY24' hosted by the New Hampshire Municipal Association as well as the February 22, 2023 webinar 'How to Submit Congressional Directed Spending' hosted by the NH Center for Nonprofits.

Please click here for updated guidance received from the Senate Appropriations Committee with respect to FY2024 CDS requests.

Any questions and/or concerns can be directed to