April 18, 2007
Appropriations Committee Announces Earmark Reform Standards
Press release, Taxpayers for Common Sense: "The new standards require that both the committee bill and report clearly identify earmarks and include the amount, the recipient (or location) and the purpose and that the bill and report be published on the internet. S. 1 required this information be made available 48 hours before consideration, the new committee rules are unclear about when the bill and the report will be made available to the public. However, S. 1 only required that the earmark and the sponsors name be listed in a searchable format in the report whereas the new standards make additional information available in the report."