STLToday.com: McCaskill praises transparency after first open defense markup since 1980s

They talked about what to do with historic tanks and rusting guns, not exactly state secrets that need to be kept from the public eye.

But Sen. Claire McCaskill was pleased this afternoon that for the first time in 15 years, the proceedings of a Senate Armed Services panel’s fine-tuning of legislation was open to the public and press.

“It’s not that every markup is going to have some earth-shattering revelation that’s going to grab the public’s attention. It’s the notion that everything should be public unless there’s a compelling reason for it not to be,” McCaskill, D-Mo., said.

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