According to the way the House operates, the authorization bill is the most open opportunity to challenge current policy. When the House considers the appropriations bill, amendments can be offered to cut money for specific programs.
So much blood was lost in the name of freedom, yet here we are several generations later, fearful of Islamic terrorism and blandly accepting the serious erosion of our civil liberties with barely a murmur of dissent.
The first ten amendments to the Constitution that guaranteed the rights of citizens were ratified on December 15, 1791. Many of those rights are now in jeopardy following the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act.
It's particularly telling that two such seemingly disparate groups of politicians -- liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans -- took less than a week to find consensus on upending the rule of law and radically extending the government's power.