I don't think the general public would care enough to look this up on a daily basis..•Putting attendance records for committee hearings online within 24 hours.
This will never happen since the republicans never balanced a budget either, and they are trying to pretend otherwise. It's just an empty promise. I would like to see them offer to take cuts and promising to lower the deficit for starters.. offer were the cuts should be made.•Requiring spending increases to be offset by equal or greater cuts elsewhere in the budget. Tax increases could not be used to pay for the new spending.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
Here is one change I proposed during my campaign
Title:Earmark Accountability Act
Purpose:Regulate and Provide Accountability for Congressional
The Earmark Accountability Act is intended to regulate and provide individual accountability to the practice of Congressional earmarking of funds within the Appropriations process.
The Earmark Accountability Act prohibits the insertion of individual earmarks within any appropriations bill submitted by any Executive Department, requires each House to develop a Consolidated Appropriations Request for earmarks requested by its respective members, and defines the process by which such earmaks will be considered for acceptance and funding.
The Earmark Accountability Act is submitted under the authority of The United States Constitution Article 1 Sections 5 and 7.
Text of Legislation:
1. No Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner of the House of Representatives or a Senator may insert any earmark within a budget request from any executive department during the appropriations process.
2. The House of Representatives and The Senate will each prepare a Consolidated Appropriations Request containing all individual member requested earmarks. The Consolidated Appropriations Request must contain the following minimum information:
a. Name of the member seeking the earmark.
b. Amount of Appropriation Requested.
c. Duration of the request – (one-time appropriation or an on-going
payment, specifying length of payments, frequency and amount to be paid at the designated interval)
d. Direct Beneficiary of any funds requested.
e. Rationale for the request, and benefit expected.
f. Disclosure of meetings held in relation to the requested earmark
and a list of all persons present at any and all of these meetings.
3. Each Consolidated Appropriation request will be prepared and published on the public website for the respective House of Congress for a period on no less that 60 calendar days before the requests may be submitted for a vote of the members of the respective House of Congress..
4. A Roll Call vote is required for each earmark identified within each House’s Consolidated Appropriations Request. Those earmarks not receiving a 2/3 vote in their favor will be removed from the corresponding Consolidated Appropriations Request and not submitted for consideration during the normal Appropriations Process.
5. No earmark approved in the above manner may be increased in amount or duration during the normal Appropriations Process they may only be reduced or eliminated.
6. Congressional Earmark Defined- In this section, the term `congressional earmark' means a provision or report language included primarily at the request of a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner of the House of Representatives or a Senator providing, authorizing, or recommending a specific amount of discretionary budget authority, credit authority, or other spending authority for a contract, loan, loan guarantee, grant, loan authority, or other expenditure with or to an entity, or targeted to a specific State, locality, or congressional district, other than through a statutory or administrative formula-driven or competitive award process.