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Thank you for your interest in submitting a FY2022 Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) request to the Office of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto.

Please carefully read and follow all instructions when submitting your application. Senator Cortez Masto will only consider applications that contain thorough, accurate information. You should familiarize yourself with all committee rules, guidance, and best practices before submitting. Each request will be thoroughly reviewed to ensure that it meets the requirements of the relevant federal account. In general, you should review the grant program that corresponds to the account you select to ensure that the applicant and project fall within that program's rules. 

It is strongly encouraged that you also meet with the Senator's staff to discuss your request once submitted. Please reach out to your staff point of contact or to schedule a meeting or to answer questions. 

In reviewing member requests for congressionally directed spending items, the Senate Appropriations Committee will implement Rule XLIV of the Standing Rules of the Senate. The following rules will also apply:

  • 1 percent cap on discretionary spending for congressionally directed spending items;
  • No congressionally directed spending items to for-profit entities;
  • Require Senators to post online their congressionally directed spending item requests, as well as their financial certification disclosures attesting that they do not have any financial interest in any of the items requested; and
  • The Committee will require the Government Accountability Office to audit a sample of enacted congressionally directed spending items and report its findings to Congress.

In addition, Senator Cortez Masto will not accept project requests from nonprofits for FY22. Nonprofits wishing to submit should work with a public entity as a partnering organization.