McCaskill Leads Historic Public Debate on National Defense Legislation
As the Senate begins its yearly debate on the National Defense Authorization Act-legislation that sets the nation's military priorities and spending levels-U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today took the historic step of holding her portion of the mark-up in open, public session while addressing a host of critical issues. The Senate Armed Services Committee has traditionally held all debate on the massive defense policy legislation in closed-door session, but McCaskill-an outspoken advocate for transparency-was successful last year in opening her panel's considerations to the public. McCaskill opened her subcommittee's work to the public once again today.