Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Request Process for Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Every year, Congress is responsible for allocating funding for offices, programs and grants administered by the federal government. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have the opportunity to advocate on behalf of programs that are important to Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.

Funding requests do not guarantee funding for any individual program. These requests should not be confused with grant applications and do not provide the opportunity to request a funding award for a specific non-profit entity or project. In order to be submitted by Congresswoman Bustos for consideration, all requests must comply with all House rules. Specifically, requests may not constitute earmarks, defined by House Rule XXI as:

“Providing, authorizing or recommending a specific amount of discretionary budget authority, credit authority, or other spending authority for a contract, loan, loan guarantee, grant, loan authority, or other expenditure with or to an entity, or targeted to a specific State, locality or Congressional district, other than through a statutory or administrative formula-driven or competitive award process.”

This year, our office will be accepting suggested funding and language requests for the FY21 appropriations process electronically. A formal deadline for request submissions will be announced upon receipt of the President’s annual budget request. Please direct any questions about the request process to Leighton Huch at

All appropriations requests must be submitted to our office one week prior to the Subcommittee deadline. This page will be updated with specific deadlines once Subcommittee dates are released.

Subcommittee / Bill

Rep. Bustos Office Deadline

Agriculture March 6
Commerce, Justice, Science March 6
Defense March 10
Energy & Water March 10
Financial Services, General Government March 13
Homeland Security March 13
Interior March 13
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education March 6
Legislative Branch March 13
Military Construction – Veterans Affairs March 10
State, Foreign Operations March 6
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development March 10