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A new database will allow the public to search for transportation projects submitted by any member of the House of Representatives in legislation originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 110th and 111th Congresses

A new database will allow the public to search for transportation projects submitted by any House of Representatives member in legislation originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 110th and 111th Congresses. The project was included in H.R. 5892, The Water Resources Development Act of 2010.

On the first day of the 110th Congress, the House adopted rules to institute specific requirements with regard to member-designated projects: for each project request, a Representative must certify that neither they nor their spouses have a financial interest in the project, and each committee report must identify any Congressional earmarks included in the bill.

In the 111th Congress, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee adopted a series of earmark project reforms. For legislation originating in the committee, members of Congress must specify project type, location, total cost, and percentage of total cost that the request would finance, plus benefits; provide at least one letter of support for the project from state or local government agencies; certify that neither the member nor his or her spouse has any financial interest in a project requested; and post requests for projects on the memberís Web site.

ìThe new database enables the public to search project requests by the memberís name, state, congressional district, bill, bill title and amount. Each member-designated project includes the ëno financial interestí certification and, beginning with H.R. 5892, the support letter from the state or local government. Finally, we make copies of all member-designated project requests available for inspection in the committee office,î said Oberstar.