Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007/Amendments
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A large number of amendments were offered to the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007.
Amendments that passed
Senate amendment 1 sponsored by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) denies retirement benefits to individuals convicted of certain crimes.
- Earmarks: Address a tactic used by former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) whereby an Earmark is written so restrictively that only one organization or company fits the criteria; expand the definition of tax earmarks and tariff earmarks to more closely regulate them; and require Members to certify that they have no financial interest in their earmarks.
- Conference committees: Prevent a conference report from being altered after the Senate conferees had signed off on it; states that conference committee meetings should be held in public; states that all members of the conference committee should be able to participate; and adds a requirement that Congressional Budget Office cost estimates be added to conference reports.
- Gifts: Require that gifts of event tickets be reported at their full val