Appropriations and Federal Funding

Congress annually considers several appropriations measures, which provide discretionary funding for all kinds of things — national defense, education, and homeland security, for example — as well as for general government operations. 

When considering these spending measures, Congress is exercising the power granted to it under the Constitution, which states, "No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law." Under law, public funds may be used only for the purpose(s) for which Congress appropriated the funds. 

House Committee on Appropriations

The House Committee on Appropriations — consisting of 33 Democrats and 26 Republicans and organized into 12 subcommittees in the 117th Congress — is responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities to keep the United States safe, strong, and moving forward. The subcommittees are:

For more information on each subcommittee’s jurisdiction, click here. For more information on appropriations and budget resources, click here

California's 15th District constituents can submit a programmatic or language appropriations request by emailing me here.


For Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, the House Committee on Appropriations is accepting requests for Community Project Funding to certain agencies and accounts subject to the jurisdiction of its respective subcommittees.  Community Project Funding will let Members of Congress fund the projects that can make a real difference in our constituents’ lives, particularly now as so many hardworking people in so many communities are hurting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Rep. Eric Swalwell has submitted to the House Committee on Appropriations community project requests listed here.

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure— consisting of 37 Democrats and 32 Republicans and organized into 6 subcommittees in the 117th Congress — has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation, including aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads and also has jurisdiction over other aspects of our national infrastructure. The subcommittees are:

  • Aviation
  • Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
  • Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
  • Highways and Transit
  • Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
  • Water Resources and the Environment

Under guidelines issued by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, each Representative may request funding for highway and transit projects in their community – although only a handful may actually be funded. Federal highway and public transportation programs are funded through multi-year surface transportation authorization acts. Additional information on the resources for Member Designated Projects is available here.


Rep. Eric Swalwell has submitted to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure project requests listed here.