From: The Committee on Appropriations
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Date: 1/29/2016

Dear Colleague,

As Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, I want to make you aware of the subcommittee’s procedures for receiving Members’ programmatic and language submissions for consideration in the fiscal year 2017 Appropriations bill.  Members must transmit submissions to the subcommittee via electronic form, and in addition must upload a letter to the appropriations submissions system confirming those entries.

  • The electronic submission system can be found at The system will be available to accept submissions starting February 9th.
  • The deadline for submissions for the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies is close of business on March 22nd.

I would like to emphasize that earmarks, as defined by clause 9(e) of Rule XXI of the Rules of the House, will not be considered.  Please also be aware that, should a Member request an earmark, such request invokes the Code of Official Conduct.  Clause 17 of the Code prohibits Members from requesting a congressional earmark without disclosing certain information to the Chair of the Committee of jurisdiction.  Members are advised to carefully consider their submissions to the Committee in light of this to avoid inadvertently triggering the earmark rules and requirements.

As you prepare your submissions, please note the following guidelines:

  • All submissions must be made electronically at the web site. Only submissions received electronically will be considered. Hard-copy submissions are not required and will not be accepted.
  • Each electronic submission must include an uploaded letter signed by the Member supporting the submission. Letters should simply list and describe each submission briefly. Letters may be either an individual letter for each request or a consolidated letter for multiple requests made to this subcommittee.
  • The electronic system will require Members to assign a priority rank order to all their submissions for this subcommittee. The subcommittee will review your priority rankings based on what you enter into the database.
  • For requests with multiple Member cosponsors, each cosponsor must enter the same request into the online database. In addition, each cosponsor should either scan and upload a copy of the group request letter, or include the group request in a consolidated letter of all the Member’s requests for the subcommittee.
  • The electronic system allows access to submissions made in previous years, so you may review those submissions if that is helpful.

Thank you for your interest in the programs and activities of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.  If you have any general questions or require further information, please contact the subcommittee staff at (202) 225-3081.  Technical questions related specifically to the operation of the system should be directed to the Committee’s IT office at (202) 225-2718.

I look forward to working with you as the fiscal year 2017 appropriations process begins.


                                                                        Ken Calvert
            House Appropriations Subcommittee on
            Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies