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.

Senate amendment 3, sponsored by Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): A substitute amendment that contained all the original provisions in S.1 with additional provisions that would:

  • 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