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S Amdt 4697 - Prohibiting Earmarks - Key Vote

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Legislation - Motion Rejected (Senate) (39-56) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibiting Earmarks

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote on a motion to suspend rules and advance an amendment to S 510 that prohibits earmarks.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits points of order to consider bills, joint resolutions, conference reports, or amendments containing “earmarks”:
    • Returns bills, joint resolutions, and conference reports to the calendar if a point of order is sustained.
  • Defines “earmark” as a “provision…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”.
  • Specifies that provisions of this amendment will only apply to legislation in fiscal years 2011-2013.
  • Exempts legislation that authorizes appropriations to federal entities, as long as the authorization is “not specifically targeted to a State, locality, or Congressional district”. 

 

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NOTE: THIS IS A VOTE ON A MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY IS REQUIRED.

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Prohibiting Earmarks

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