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Appropriations

“No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement of Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time”
– US Constitution Article I, Section 9, Clause 7.

Of all the committees in the United States Senate and House of Representatives, the Appropriations Committee is the most unique.  Specifically mentioned within the Constitution and created in 1867, the Appropriations Committee has the unique responsibility of determining how our federal monies are spent.

The Appropriations Committee is divided into twelve different subcommittees – listed below – corresponding to specific areas of spending within the federal government.  All other congressional committees are limited to no more than six subcommittees.  Each of the thirteen subcommittees is charged with drafting and passing only one piece of legislation each year and each of those pieces of legislation originate in the House of Representatives.  This legislation provides in detail how our federal money will be spent within the jurisdiction controlled by that Subcommittee.  Unlike other committees, the Appropriations Committee is required to pass legislation yearly.

Early each year the twelve subcommittees are given 302(b) allocations.  These allocations represent the amount of money each subcommittee has to spend,  operating on a fiscal year calendar, running from October 1st to September 30th.  If annual appropriations are not completed by September 30th, then the Committee is responsible for passing a continuing resolution providing for the continued funding of the government through a date set forth in the resolution.  Additionally, in emergency situations, such as a war or a natural disaster, the Committee is responsible for passing supplemental appropriations to cover the additional funding necessary to address the situation.

Agriculture
Commerce, Justice, State
Defense
Energy & Water
Financial Services
Homeland Security
Interior & Environment
Labor, HHS, Education
Legislative Branch
Military Construction & Veterans Affairs
State & Foreign Operations
Transportation, HUD

C2 GROUP has worked on every Appropriations cycle since 1976.  We have been successful in securing for our clients hundreds of millions of dollars for programs run by our clients and supported by the federal government on behalf of the American public.  Additionally, C2 GROUP partners have either worked with or for members of the Appropriations Committee and know how to interact with each of the twelve subcommittees to ensure our clients are considered during the program selection process.  Because the appropriations process is calendar driven, we are very sensitive to deadlines and strictly adhere to Subcommittee request procedures to ensure our clients are not disqualified in the consideration process.