Open the NDAA_

Shining a light on the defense budget

“Given what is at stake, I think the American people deserve to know what is happening, deserve to know what decisions we are making.”
— Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

Every year Congress decides how to authorize more than half a trillion dollars of taxpayer money in the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It is the single largest authorization bill that Congress passes and defines most of our national security policy.

In the past, the NDAA has included changes to troop benefits and pay, surveillance authority for the National Security Agency, and whether to send troops overseas. The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) is responsible for writing, debating, and amending the initial NDAA bill that the rest of the Senate considers, but many of the debates over these issues are currently held behind closed doors.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who became the chairman of the SASC last year, has said he is willing to open parts of the NDAA process if the other members of the committee support this overdue reform.

The public has a right to know how these decisions are being made with taxpayer funds, and the Senate should open portions of their debate around the most significant policy amendments and decisions.

We need your help to open up this process. Sign the petition to open the NDAA at

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“The public deserves to be able to witness, understand and scrutinize ... the decisions being made by their elected leaders regarding the over half a trillion dollar defense budget.”
— Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)

Open NDAA Coalition Partners

Activate USA American Friends Service Committee American Library Association American Values Network Americans for Tax Reform Article 19 Audit the Pentagon Project Bill of Rights Defense Committee Brave New Films Action Fund Campaign for Liberty Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World Canter for Financial Privacy and Human Rights Center for International Policy Center for Media and Democracy Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Coalition on Human Needs Coalition to Reduce Spending Peace Educators Allied for Children Everywhere Cost of Government Center Council for a Livable World Defending Dissent Foundation, Inc. Electronic Privacy Information Center Essential Information Friends Committee on National Legislation Government Accountability Project Human Rights First Human Rights Watch Just Foreign Policy Liberty Coalition National Coalition Against Censorship National Commission on Intelligence and Foreign Wars National Priorities Project National Security Network National Taxpayers Union Open Society Policy Center Peace Action Peace Action West People Against the NDAA Physicians for Social Responsibility Project On Government Oversight (POGO) Public Citizen R Street Institute Society of Professional Journalists Sunlight Foundation Taxpayers for Common Sense Taxpayers Protection Alliance The Constitution Project Tri-Valley CAREs USAction U.S. Labor Against the War U.S. PIRG Washington Coalition for Open Government Washington Office on Latin America Women's Action for New Directions Win Without War

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