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Transparency In Government Act 2008 (Revised)

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Title I - Access to Information About Members of Congress

Sec. 104. Enhancing public access to information about earmarks.

  1. A Senator or Representative who requests a congressionally directed spending item, a limited tax benefit, or a limited tariff benefit in any bill or joint resolution (or an accompanying report) or in any conference report (or an accompanying joint statement of managers) shall provide a written statement to the chairman and ranking member of the committee of jurisdiction, including—

    1. the name of the Senator or Representative;

    2. in the case of a congressionally directed spending item, the name and location of the intended recipient or, if there is no specifically intended recipient, the intended location of the activity;

      1. Where there is an intended recipient, each member shall report, to the best of his or her knowledge, the name of the actual recipient of a congressionally directed spending item, and shall not name an intermediary.

    3. in the case of a limited tax or tariff benefit, identification of the individual or entities reasonably anticipated to benefit, to the extent known to the Senator or Representative;

    4. the purpose of such congressionally directed spending item or limited tax or tariff benefit; and

    5. a certification that neither the Member nor the Members immediate family has a pecuniary interest in the item.

      1. "Family Member" is defined to include the Member’s parents, spouse, children, step-parents, step-children, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law.

  2. Each Seante and House committee shall maintain the written statements transmitted under subparagraph (a). The written statements transmitted under subparagraph (a) for any congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits or limited tariff benefits shall be published in a searchable, sortable, downloadable format on the committee’s Web site not later than 48 hours after receipt. Earmark requests for which funding has been included in any measure shall be identified in the database not later than 48 hours after inclusion in the measure.

  3. Each Member of Congress who maintains an official public Internet site shall provide a clearly presented electronic link to the Committee databases described in paragraph (b).

  4. Each committee or subcommittee with jurisdiction over any earmarked program for which funding is provided will provide historical funding levels for earmarked programs over the last 10 years, and will make the information available to the public in a searchable, sortable, downloadable database available through the committees Web site.

General Comments on Transparency In Government Act 2008 (Revised)

john Bruinsma on October 2, 2008

I think this a good start, altough I believe earmarks should not be allowed at all. If a state, or anyother area, is need of a project, Should be brought up as a totaly seperate issue and not just slipped in.

Nick K. on October 4, 2008

This will never pass. Congressmen love earmarks. It's how they get ignorant voters' support: I brought over $50 million dollars to the state. What they don't know is that while they may be gaining benefits in their community, they're paying for irrelevant benefits elsewhere in the country.