Last week, the House Republican Conference voted 102-84 to lift their decade-old ban on the practice of earmarks by secret ballot, smoothing the way for a bipartisan resurrection of the practice.

The news follows the Feb. 26, 2021 announcement by House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) that House Members would be able to request funding for specific projects that would benefit their districts during the fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriations process. Earmarks, now rebranded as “Community Project Funding” or “CPF,” allow Members of Congress to steer federal spending to benefit specific projects or entities, usually in their home states or districts.

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Photo of Rodney Frelinghuysen Rodney Frelinghuysen

Rodney Frelinghuysen is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District from 1995 to 2019 where he was the chief sponsor of 123 bills. Rodney additionally served as chair of the House Appropriations Committee from 2017…

Rodney Frelinghuysen is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District from 1995 to 2019 where he was the chief sponsor of 123 bills. Rodney additionally served as chair of the House Appropriations Committee from 2017 to 2019.

Rodney advises clients on important issues in the public policy arena, such as defense, health care, public transportation infrastructure including port operations, and higher education, among others.

In Congress, Rodney was known for being a strong advocate for rebuilding the nation’s military, and for his support of public transportation and major infrastructure projects in New Jersey and the New York City area, disaster assistance in the wake of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, higher education, hospitals, the environment, and increased veterans’ benefits.

Prior to his distinguished career at the federal level, Rodney served on the New Jersey General Assembly and as a Morris County Freeholder.

Photo of Robert C. Jones Robert C. Jones

Robert C. Jones serves as co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Washington, D.C. Federal Government Law & Policy Practice. Bob focuses his practice on counseling business, association, and not-for-profit clients on federal funding, legislative, regulatory, and policy matters.

Photo of Demetrius G. McDaniel Demetrius G. McDaniel

Demetrius McDaniel is the Co-Regional Operating Shareholder of Texas, Chair of the firm’s Texas Government Law & Policy Practice and Co-Chair of the firm’s Washington, D.C. Federal Government Law & Policy Practice. Demetrius counsels and provides advocacy for Fortune 500 and other large…

Demetrius McDaniel is the Co-Regional Operating Shareholder of Texas, Chair of the firm’s Texas Government Law & Policy Practice and Co-Chair of the firm’s Washington, D.C. Federal Government Law & Policy Practice. Demetrius counsels and provides advocacy for Fortune 500 and other large private and public sector clients on federal, state and local legal and public policy matters. His broad knowledge of federal and state government allows him to collaboratively develop strategies to help clients address complex problems that have a government origin or nexus. Demetrius consults with clients on their strategic objectives and provides advice on important issues that may impact their business opportunities, increase their compliance with laws and regulations, and assist them in building internal systems to proactively address potential problems with all levels of government.

Photo of Monica P. Schulteis˘ Monica P. Schulteis˘

Monica Prahl Schulteis is a Director in the firm’s Government Law & Policy Practice, representing clients on a wide range of issues including health care, education, postal, energy, government oversight, homeland security, appropriations, small business, technology and taxation. Monica’s bipartisan approach allows her…

Monica Prahl Schulteis is a Director in the firm’s Government Law & Policy Practice, representing clients on a wide range of issues including health care, education, postal, energy, government oversight, homeland security, appropriations, small business, technology and taxation. Monica’s bipartisan approach allows her to effectively advocate for her clients in both chambers of Congress as well as within the Administration. She has worked closely with many key policymakers in several House and Senate Congressional committees, including: House Energy and Commerce; House Education and the Workforce and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees; House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee, House and Senate Appropriations Committees; Oversight and Government Reform and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committees; and House and Senate Small Business Committees.

With close to 15 years of experience, Monica has assisted clients in developing and implementing legislative and political strategies. Her work encompassing working with coalitions comprised of various advocacy groups, businesses and societies to further clients’ legislative and policy goals.

˘not admitted to the practice of law.

Photo of Diane J. Blagman Diane J. Blagman

Diane J. Blagman serves as Senior Director of the firm’s Government Law & Policy Practice in the Washington, D.C. office. Diane has more than 20 years of experience working on Capitol Hill, serving as a Chief of Staff to a senior Member of…

Diane J. Blagman serves as Senior Director of the firm’s Government Law & Policy Practice in the Washington, D.C. office. Diane has more than 20 years of experience working on Capitol Hill, serving as a Chief of Staff to a senior Member of Congress who was Chairman of the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee and as Associate staff on the House Appropriations Committee.

Diane brings her knowledge of the political and budget process to Greenberg Traurig and provides strategic advice to various major municipalities, corporations, public entities and major entertainment clients. She represents her clients before government, administrative and regulatory agencies.

˘ Not admitted to the practice of law.

Photo of Michael L. Rogers ˘ Michael L. Rogers ˘

Michael L. Rogers advises clients on legislative, public policy, and political compliance matters, and helps clients craft and execute custom strategies to accomplish their goals.

Mike previously served as a legislative assistant for Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-New Jersey), the current chairman of…

Michael L. Rogers advises clients on legislative, public policy, and political compliance matters, and helps clients craft and execute custom strategies to accomplish their goals.

Mike previously served as a legislative assistant for Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-New Jersey), the current chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has wide jurisdiction, including trade matters. In this role, Mike handled policy matters related to energy, the environment, and natural resources, as well as science and technology. Prior to that, he served on the staff of Senator Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island), the current chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He began his career in the office of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), the current chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Mike is currently in the evening J.D. program at the The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and is expected to graduate in 2024.

˘ Not admitted to the practice of law.