Senators Must Do the Right Thing, hold this deliberation, & vote in the open so the American people know how their Senators decide to waste their money!


Dear Kevin,

Tomorrow the Senate Armed Services Committee will start debating and voting on its annual authorization bill, which is expected to grow to over $600 billion in Pentagon spending. In an extraordinary move, the Committee plans to write, debate, and vote on the entire bill in complete secrecy. In stark contrast, the House will debate its version of the bill at the same time in open session.

Stop backslide into increased secrecy: Call Senate NOW →

Given the size and scope of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), it is entirely unacceptable for decisions of this magnitude to be made in secret. A closed process means the public doesn’t know how Senators vote on key provisions in the bill and limits Senate debate.
This year SASC could consider amendments that impact military pay and benefit policy, authorize base closures, provide funding for major weapon systems, weaken whistleblower protections, and other provisions that will direct the Pentagon to spend massive amounts of taxpayer dollars.
Three SASC subcommittees held public debates and votes on their portion of last year’s bill. SASC plans to have zero in open sessions this year. An open process does not prevent private deliberation on the bill between senators and staff—it simply gives the public, as well as the rest of the Congress, greater opportunity to participate.
It’s time to bring this massive Pentagon bill into the light of day. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has recognized the value of making some of this information available to the public in the past, and criticized overly secretive legislative processes. He should follow the example of the House and make public as much of the debate as possible.

There is still time for Senators to do the right thing and hold this deliberation and vote in the open so the American people know how their Senators decide to spend their money.

Please call the Senate and tell them to demand a public vote before the committee considers the bill and vote to keep it open.

Best,

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Danielle Brian
Executive Director

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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