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House Starts Earmark Database


A new database will contain all transportation projects submitted in legislation originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in

A new database will contain all transportation projects submitted in legislation originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 110th and 111th Congresses. The project was included in The Water Resources Development Act of 2010 (HR 5892).

In 2007, the House required that Representatives certify that neither they nor their spouses have a financial interest in a requested project, and each committee report must identify any earmarks in the bill.

In the 111th Congress, the 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 member's Web site.