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Time For Action - Tell Senators to Open the Pentagon's Budget

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Tomorrow the Senate Armed Services Committee will discuss whether their upcoming markups on the massive Pentagon budget should be done in public – something that the House does in the open but their Senate counterparts have historically refused to do. Not surprisingly, tomorrow’s meeting will be held behind closed doors.

We need urgent action to tell these senators that these spending decisions on more than half a trillion dollars of taxpayer money are far too important to be done in secret. We’ve got less than 24 hours to make our voices heard.

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Click This Link and Tell the Senate to Hold Public Hearings on the Pentagon Budget

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If you’re on Facebook, please go to this link and post a comment saying you support our efforts to open the NDAA. We’ll be sending that post to the senators on the committee.

If you’re on Twitter, go to and you’ll see the senators on the Committee who have voted against opening the discussions to the public, as well as new senators on the Committee. Click the tweet buttons under each senator's name to send them a personal message. You can also share graphics.

Today the Open NDAA Coalition, a group of 60 politically and ideologically diverse organizations, sent a letter to the Senate Armed Services committee calling for them to vote to open the markup.  Our coalition has been working for years to shine a light on how Senate Armed Services Committee makes decisions on this massive defense-spending bill. Our organizations believe there should be a presumption of openness in debating the many issues considered in this bill, including war authorization, base closures, authorizing new major weapon programs, and in changing the pay and benefits we authorize for our troops. The refusal of the Senate to open up this process gives the impression that they don’t think their choices can withstand public scrutiny. Each of these issues has a profound impact on our national security and should be the subject of lively, public debate.

By: Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz
Director of Public Policy, POGO

Liz Hempowicz Liz Hempowicz is the Director of Public Policy for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Open Government, National Security

Related Content: National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

Authors: Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

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