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SA 4976. Mr. DeMINT submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 3036, to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

Insert at the appropriate place the following:
TITLE __PROHIBITION ON EARMARKS


SEC. X01. PROHIBITION ON EARMARKS.
(a) In General.--It shall not be in order to consider a bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that proposes an earmark of funds provided or made available by this Act.
(b) Definition.--In this section, the term ``earmark'' means a provision or report language included primarily at the request of a Senator or a Member of the House of Representatives 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,
other than through a statutory or administrative formula-driven or competitive award process.
(c) Supermajority Waiver and Appeal.--This section may be waived or suspended in the Senate only by an affirmative vote of 3/5 of the Members, duly chosen and sworn. An affirmative vote of 3/5 of the Members of the Senate, duly chosen and sworn, shall be required in the Senate to sustain an appeal of the ruling of the Chair on a point of order raised under this section.
(d) Prohibition on Extra Legislative Earmarks.--None of the funds provided or made available by this Act shall be committed, obligated, or expended at the request of Members of Congress or their staff through oral or written communication for projects, programs, or grants to an entity, or targeted to a specific State, locality or Congressional district, other than through a statutory or administrative formula-driven or competitive award process.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Jun 6, 2008.)