From Open NDAA
Imagine that someone is put in charge of your personal budget, and authorizes all of your spending money for food, clothes, rent and fun. Now, imagine that person decides your budget in secret, without taking any input from you. Sounds like a terrible idea, right?
Well, that’s exactly what the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) is doing with taxpayer dollars by marking up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in secret. The NDAA is a bill that last year authorized more than $662 billion in spending—primarily for the Department of Defense. It is one of the few bills that is passed annually, and therefore has become a magnet for other proposals.