Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: posting earmarks on the Internet before voting on them
Source: CLEAN-UP Act (S.2179)
OnTheIssues.org Explanation: This bill attempts to limit earmarks by publicizing them. Rather than banning earmarks, this bill requires that earmarks and other last-minute add-ins get posted on the Internet. Posting provisions on the Internet for 3 days is intended to restrict lobbyists influence on earmarks that would otherwise go unnoticed.
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY:
Curtailing Lobbyist Effectiveness Through Advance Notification, Updates, and Posting Act or the CLEAN UP Act: Amends the Standing Rules of the Senate to:
Identify and explain separately each provision of a bill & identify the Member who proposed such provision.
Make each bill provision available to the general public by means of the
Internet for at least 72 hours before its consideration.
Prohibits consideration of an appropriation bill unless a list of all earmarks in the bill and accompanying reports is available in the same manner.
Allows a waiver of such prohibitions by a two-thirds majority vote of Members.
LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Rules and Administration; never came to a vote.
Topic: Government Reform
Headline: Post earmarks on the Internet before voting on them
Headline 2: Sponsored bill to post earmarks on the Internet