Tell Senate to Discuss Military Spending Bill in Public

The Senate Armed Services Committee is now considering whether to bring out from behind closed doors its discussion of a bill that puts over half a trillion dollars into war preparations. Please join RootsAction, POGO (Project on Government Oversight), and Rep. Hank Johnson in signing this petition which we will deliver to them:

When Congress is deciding how to spend more than half a trillion dollars of the taxpayers' money, it needs to do so in public.

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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    22901 4.2 years ago Joshua D. Miller
    22900 4.2 years ago Susan Christiansen
    22899 4.2 years ago Zohal Khan
    22898 4.2 years ago Brad Wallick
    22897 4.2 years ago Joey Stevenson
    22896 4.2 years ago Norman Kindig
    22895 4.2 years ago Anonymous
    22894 4.2 years ago rhonda grewe Have all government discussions on television so we all know first hand what is going on
    22893 4.2 years ago Malik El Taha
    22892 4.2 years ago Rebecca Oliver
    22891 4.2 years ago Rhea Damon
    22890 4.2 years ago Janet Cuenca None of the American public's business should be taking place in secret. Why doesn't the Sunshine Law apply here?
    22889 4.2 years ago Arlo Armstrong
    22888 4.3 years ago Tierra Rucker
    22887 4.3 years ago Anonymous
    22886 4.3 years ago Anuj Mankad It is understandable that certain items in the Pentagon budget might refer to projects that belong to one of the higher security clearance levels, and should not be revealed to the public in case th...
    22885 4.3 years ago David Dornbush
    22884 4.3 years ago Loren Sterman
    22883 4.3 years ago Janice Rogers
    22882 4.3 years ago Lessye DeMoss
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    22879 4.3 years ago Anonymous
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    22877 4.3 years ago Ulisses M.
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