Stop Backslide into Increased Secrecy

About this issue:

Tuesday, June 26, the Senate Armed Services Committee will start debating and voting on its annual authorization bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), 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.

Given the size and scope of the Pentagon budget, it is entirely unacceptable for decisions of this magnitude to be made in secret.

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.

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Sample Script:


I’m concerned that the Senate Armed Services Committee is planning on writing, debating, and voting on a bill to spend over half a trillion dollars in complete secrecy.

The House Armed Services Committee writes, debates, and votes on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a completely open process. There’s no reason the Senate can’t be more transparent with the public about how they fund our national security.

Will [my Senator] take my concerns to heart and demand a public vote before the committee moves to a closed session so that I and other constituents know which ones of our elected officials would like to spend our taxpayer dollars in secret?