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.
“In the wake of recent revelations about the extent of the surveillance activities of the National Security Agency (NSA), the public deserves to know more about how these decisions are made. Only when the public is properly informed can there be an honest debate about the balance between the rights of citizens and our national security needs.”
This is happening right now. We need you to write your Senators, and tell them to oppose Sen. Grassley’s amendments to the farm bill that would put corporate farming interests before the public interest.