We Need Your Help to Open the Defense BudgetTweet
May 7, 2015
We only have a few days left to persuade the Senate Armed Services Committee to support public hearings on the more than $600 billion Pentagon budget. The House of Representatives has provided a model system of debating and voting on how to fund the Pentagon in hearings that are open to the public, but the Senate has lagged behind. Unless a majority of the Senate Armed Services Committee supports public hearings, critical decisions such as war authorizations, base closures and benefits for our troops will continue to be debated behind closed doors.
We urgently need you to call as many of the senators below as you can. We believe they could be the swing votes needed to open the hearings.
Tell them that you support an open “markup” on the defense spending bill. Tell them you want a public debate on how the Pentagon spends your money.
Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas: (202) 224-2353
Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii: (202) 224-6361
Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia: (202) 224-4024
Sen. Angus King of Maine: (202) 224-5344
Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida: (202) 224-5274
Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota: (202) 224-5842
Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska: (202) 224-3004
Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina: (202) 224-6342
If you can't pick up the phone, send an e-mail or take to social media by going to openndaa.org. See below for the outpouring from the public, press, and 60 coalition organizations on Twitter.
Time is running out. The Senate Armed Services Committee will meet Wednesday and if we don’t make our voices heard, it will be too late to open the budget hearings for this year.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and keep me posted on what you learn from your calls.
Liz Hempowicz is the Director of Public Policy for the Project On Government Oversight.
Topics: National Security
Authors: Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz
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