The Senate Fiscal Working group released their recommendations to improve transparency in the earmarking process Thursday.
The group includes Sen. Thad Cochran (R.-Miss.) who was named the Senate's top earmarker by the Citizens Against Government Waste in their annual "Pig Book released Wednesday. According to CAGW, Cochran requested $892.2 million in earmarks in the year 2007.
As a member of the working group, he agreed to these recommendations. Other members of the group, chaired by Sen. Dick Lugar (R.-Ind.) included Sen. Mike Crapo (R.-Idaho), Sen. Tom Coburn (R.-Okla.) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R.-Ga.). No Democrats were on the panel.
The recommendations say: -all earmarks be placed in bill text rather than report language -a list of all information on successfully inserted earmarks be made available on the Senator's website -Requests be made public in searchable format at least 48 hours before floor consideration on the relavent committee's website. -Senators provide full justification for a requested earmark, and whether the requesting Member, Member’s family, staff, or staff’s family will benefit financially from the earmark.