Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Congress warming to DeMint's earmarks plan

OMB Watch on the Democratic leadership's new earmark disclosures:

The two major reforms come closer to embracing a proposal that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced during the 110th Congress that would post information on earmarks online before votes on legislation, not after.

Bill Allison likes the idea, but wonders why implementation can't be more user-friendly.

This is okay as far as it goes, and in (sic) improvement (currently earmark requests don’t have to be disclosed at all), but why these requests can’t be centralized in a searchable, sortable, downloadable database rather than spread across 535 member sites is a bit of a mystery.