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H.R.5258 - Earmark Transparency Act of 2010
To amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to require Congress to establish a unified and searchable database on a public website for congressional earmarks.
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Mr. CASSIDY (for himself, Ms. SPEIER, Mr. REICHERT, and Mr. SMITH of Washington) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Rules, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. UNIFIED AND SEARCHABLE DATABASE FOR CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED SPENDING ITEMS.
‘UNIFIED AND SEARCHABLE DATABASE FOR CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED SPENDING ITEMS
‘Sec. 316. (a) Establishment of Database- Within six months after the date of enactment of this section, the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate shall jointly establish a searchable website, available to the public at no cost, listing all requests by Members of Congress for congressionally directed spending items.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Content- The website established under subsection (a) shall be comprised of a database including the following information for each congressionally directed spending item requested by a Member of Congress:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(5) The amount carried in the bill or joint resolution (or accompanying report) as passed by the House, as passed by the Senate, and as transmitted to the President, as applicable.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(14) Its current status in the legislative process, including whether it was carried in any bill or joint resolution (or accompanying report) passed by either House, added in a committee of conference between the Houses (or joint explanatory statement of managers) or in an amendment between the Houses, or included in a bill or joint resolution enacted into law, including any changes in the final dollar amount.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) ascertain through a single search, by individual Member of Congress, the total number and dollar value of congressionally directed spending items requested by that Member and the total number and dollar value of such items contained in bills or joint resolutions as passed by either House or enacted into law by fiscal year;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(d) Timeliness of Data- (1) Within 5 calendar days of receipt of a request for a congressionally directed spending item from a Member of Congress, each committee of the House of Representatives and of the Senate shall provide to the Clerk of the House of Representatives or the Secretary of the Senate, as applicable, the initial information regarding that request that is required under this section to be placed on the website established under subsection (a). That committee shall provide up-to-date information to the Clerk or Secretary, as applicable.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) The Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate shall post on the website established under subsection (a) the information received under paragraph (1) within 2 calendar days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House or Senate is in session on such a day).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(e) Point of Order- (1) It shall not be in order to consider any bill or joint resolution, or amendment thereto or conference report thereon unless it meets the requirements of this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) the term ‘congressionally directed spending item’ means a provision or report language included primarily at the request of a Member of Congress 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; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Conforming Amendment- The table of contents set forth in section 1(b) of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 315 the following new item:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
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