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06-S2265 on Feb 9, 2006

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: allowing individual votes on each earmark
Source: Pork-Barrel Reduction Act (S.2265)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: A bill to provide greater accountability of taxpayers' dollars by curtailing congressional earmarking.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. McCAIN: This bipartisan bill changes the Senate rules to allow points of order to be raised against unauthorized appropriations and policy riders in appropriations bills and conference reports in an effort to reign in wasteful pork barrel spending.

In 1994, there were 4,126 Congressional earmarks added to the annual appropriations bills. In 2005, there were 15,877 earmarks, the largest number yet, that's an increase of nearly 300%! The level of funding associated with those earmarks has more than doubled from $23 billion in 1994 to $47 billion in 2005.

Our bill would establish a new procedure which would allow a 60-vote point of order to be raised against specific provisions that contain unauthorized appropriations, including earmarks, as well as unauthorized policy changes in appropriations bills and conference reports. Successful points of order would not kill a conference report, but the targeted provisions would be removed from the conference report.

To ensure that Members are given enough time to review appropriations bills, our proposal would also require that conference reports be available at least 48 hours prior to floor consideration.

To promote transparency, our bill requires that any earmarks included in a bill be disclosed fully in the bill's accompanying report, along with the name of the Member who requested the earmark and its essential governmental purpose.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Rules and Administration; never came to a vote.

  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: Allow individual votes on each earmark
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill allowing individual votes on each earmark

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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 06-S2265

Evan Bayh s2iIN Former Democratic Senator 
Russell Feingold s2iPOTUS Democrat 

Republicans participating in 06-S2265

Tom Coburn s2iOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
John Cornyn s2iTX Republican Sr Senator 
Jim DeMint s2iSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
John Ensign s2iNV Republican Jr Senator 
Lindsey Graham s2iSC Republican Sr Senator 
Jon Kyl s2iAZ Republican Jr Senator (Retiring) 
John McCain s2pAZ Republican Sr Senator 
John Sununu s2iNew Hampshire Republican 

Independents participating in 06-S2265

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 2
Republicans: 8
Independents: 0

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