Federal Funding & Appropriations

Our team maintains excellent relationships with senior appropriators and committee staff, and we have decades of experience helping clients identify, protect and expand funding and policy priorities through the appropriations process. We have secured billions of dollars for clients over the years, including during the COVID-19 crisis. Success for our clients in this space has led to team recognition in Chambers USA, and individual recognition for several of our lobbyists now ranked in The Hill’s annual list of “Top Hired Guns.”

We think innovatively about the appropriations process to advance policy and regulatory priorities. We achieve success by developing creative strategies. We closely with clients to draft language, identify congressional champions, and position them for multiyear funding opportunities.

Experience Highlights

  • Advised and successfully advocated for the inclusion of $3 billion for aviation worker relief under the CARES Act on behalf of an airlines ground support services client.
  • Aided a client in securing billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funding to support the childcare industry.
  • Assisted numerous higher education clients in securing relief funds and Title IV regulatory waivers under the CARES Act.
  • Secured $32.6 million increase for a STEM research program in the FY 2019 Department of Defense appropriations bill to provide funding for a nationwide scholarship program, which resulted in a $9 million grant for our client.
  • Sustained $40 million for the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the FY 2018 and 2019 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriations bills, despite a proposed cut of more than 50% in the Administration’s budget request.
  • Secured $10 million in the House FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill for the creation of a new cohort for the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and similar report language in the Senate L-HHS appropriations in support of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) establishing the cohort.
  • Obtained report language in the House and Senate FY 2020 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills related to nondestructive testing research at the Federal Aviation Administration, on behalf of a university.
  • Secured report language in the House FY 2020 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriations bill on veterans’ access to healthcare for a foreign sovereign client.
  • Obtained language in the House FY 2020 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriations bill to encourage the Department of Veterans Affairs to examine clinical workflow solutions in the implementation of a new electronic health records (EHR) platform.
  • Secured report language in the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill to encourage the HHS Secretary to develop best practices on brain aneurysm detection and diagnosis.
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