Campaign Launched to Bring Greater Transparency to Defense Budget Bill
Diverse organizations urge the Senate Armed Services Committee to conduct annual defense authorization bill business in public.
March 15, 2012
The Open Society Policy Center joined 22 civil and human rights, taxpayer, and good government organizations to launch a campaign yesterday for more openness in the legislation that allocates funds to the national defense budget. Last year, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorized more than $662 billion for the current fiscal year but the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) drafted and debated the bill’s markup behind closed doors.
Called “Open NDAA: Shine a Light on the Defense Budget,” http://www.openndaa.org/ the new campaign urges Senators to conduct committee hearings and votes in accordance with normal principles of transparency and openness. The groups call on the SASC to share the draft bill text and amendments online in advance of Committee action and to open the legislation’s debate and votes to the public.