Thompson Accepting Requests for Federal Appropriations Online

Jan 20, 2010

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, announced he will be accepting appropriations requests for fiscal year 2011 federal funding for projects. The application can be completed on Thompson’s website, www.thompson.house.gov.  The request form is located in a section entitled “Appropriation & Auth. Requests,” in the upper right corner of the homepage.

“Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution states that no money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but by appropriations made by law.  The federal government is funded through 12 appropriations measures that contain various programs that accept requests for funds through members of Congress.  While the process of directed spending by the Congress often draws scrutiny, I am promoting an open and transparent process and will conduct a review of each project on a competitive basis,” said Thompson.

“In the rural communities across the Fifth District of Pennsylvania, small towns and municipalities often do not have the resources to pursue federal grants. This process allows our communities to get a leg up and put forth projects that consist of strong partnerships among local, state, and private stakeholders from communities with a demonstrated need,” added Thompson.

Submitting a request does not guarantee that funding will be provided. There are many requests received and from year-to-year only a small percentage of those requests make it through the legislative process. Given the increased competition for project funding in this tight fiscal environment, applicants will need to make arrangements to brief the Congressman and/or his staff on the proposal and supply letters of support from the local community.

The application period will remain open through 5 pm on Tuesday, February 16, 2010.

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