This week, the Senate Armed Services Committee is considering whether its upcoming discussion and markup of the massive Pentagon budget should be done in public — something that the House does in the open but the Senate has refused to do.
We need urgent action to tell these senators that spending decisions on more than half a trillion dollars of taxpayer money are far too important to be done in secret.
Click here to tell the Senate to hold public hearings on the Pentagon budget.
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It is deeply troubling that the Pentagon's budget (the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA) that last year authorized $585 billion in spending is drafted and voted on by the Senate Armed Services Committee almost entirely in secret. Last year, only one quarter of Senators had an opportunity to amend the NDAA, and they did so almost entirely behind closed doors. The bill, usually more than 1,000 pages long, is often then voted on with little or no chance for public debate and amendments by the full Senate.
The public has a right to know how Congress is conducting the people's business, particularly when so many taxpayer dollars and important wide-ranging policies are at stake.
Unlike the Senate, the House Armed Services Committee conducts its work on the NDAA in the open and has done so for years.
It's time to bring the Senate NDAA into the light of day.
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