Organizations that have signed on to the letters:

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 more than $625 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.

It’s time to bring the Senate NDAA into the light of day.

Read our letter to Congress

"The public deserves to be able to witness, understand and scrutinize the positions being advocated and the decisions being made by their elected leaders regarding the over half a trillion dollar defense budget and the associated policies that impact our national defense."

-Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

"We used to have a practice of allowing votes on amendments -- I know that's an outrageous demand on our part. If we can't have amendments on legislation, which is better: bad legislation or no legislation?"

-Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

Additional Information

About the Open NDAA Campaign is a website for the coalition to support greater transparency in the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). 
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