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.
We Need Your Help To Open Up the Process
Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who became the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee this year, has said he is willing to open the mark up process if the other members of the committee support this overdue reform. But we need your help to convince these Senators to vote to open the mark up of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee who have Previously Voted to Close the NDAA Mark Up
These Senators voted to close the mark up last year. Click the button below each senator to send a customized Tweet letting them know that you want them to change their vote and support open debate of our national security policy.
New Members of the Senate Armed Forces Committee
These are the new members of the committee, and we need show them how important it is to you that they vote to open the mark up of the National Defense Authorization Act. Click the button below each senator to send a customized Tweet letting them know that you want them to change their vote and support open debate of our national security policy.
Members of the Senate Armed Forces Committee who have Previously Voted to Open the Mark Up
These Senators understand that national security policy should be debated publicly Will you take a moment to thank them by clicking on the Tweet button below each Senator?
About the Open NDAA Campaign
OpenNDAA.org is a website for the coalition to support greater transparency in the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC).
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