Congress’ Sneaky Tactic to Grab More Land for the Government
Congress has returned from the mid-term elections and members are hammering out the details of the National Defense Authorization Act.
NDAA, which has passed for more than 50 years consecutively, provides policy guidance for the U.S. defense budget.
The importance of the NDAA to the defense budgeting process and its traditional status as a “must-pass” piece of legislation makes it an inviting target for pet projects and wasteful spending.
Unfortunately, as this year’s lame duck session winds down, some lawmakers are trying to end-run the normal legislative process in a rushed, closed-door approach. This presents an opportunity not only to lard up the NDAA with pork, but also to muddy up defense policy making and force through bad policies in an opaque manner.
In the 2015 NDAA, rumored provisions include designation of 250,000 additional acres of wilderness, four new national parks and seven national…
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