“The relationship of US defense spending to that of presumed threat nations and the girth of contemporary defense spending compared to a time of greater threat does not call into question the adequacy of the size of today’s US defense budget; it calls into question the competence of current US political and military leadership, both in the Pentagon and in Congress.”
If you thought the days of the $7,000 coffee machine and $640 toilet seat were over, Rep. Jackie Speier has some more examples of egregious waste at the Department of Defense.
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.
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.
It’s time to bring the Senate NDAA into the light of day.