(2010) S Amdt 4697 Prohibiting Earmarks
Outcome: Motion Rejected (39/56)
- 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”.
(2010) S Amdt 3302 Establishing a Federal Budget Deficit Commission
Outcome: Amendment Rejected (53/46)
- Establishes the "Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action," a task force that shall analyze projected federal revenues and expenditures, assess the current and long-term financial condition of the federal government, and whose membership shall consist of:
- Eight Senators, four to be selected by the Senate majority leader and another four to be selected by the Senate minority leader;
- Eight Representatives, four to be selected by the Speaker of the House and another four to be selected by the House minority leader;
- The Secretary of the Treasury; and
- Another officer of the Executive branch, to be appointed by the President.
- Requires the Task Force to submit a report no later than November 15, 2010 detailing its findings, conclusions, and recommendations, as well proposed legislative language to carry out the recommendations, to be submitted to the President, the Vice President, the Speaker of the House, and the majority and minority leaders of both chambers of Congress.
- Authorizes "expedited consideration" of a bill incorporating the proposed legislative language recommended in the Task Force report, subject to, but not limited to, the following requirements:
- The bill must be introduced no later than November 23, 2010, and shall proceed to consideration two days after being reported from committee;
- Congress is prohibited from amending, postponing, or recommitting the bill;
- The bill requires a three-fifths majority vote to pass; and
- The bill must receive a vote on passage in both chambers of Congress no later than December 23, 2010.
- Specifies that members of the Task Force shall not receive any additional compensation for their participation and that the Task Force shall terminate 90 days after submitting the report.