Misleading headline by Josh Rogin? It doesn’t sound like the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee procedure was “broken” but rather that there was some inherent flexibility–e.g., discretion of the chair.
According to Senate rules, hearings should be notified seven days in advance, business meetings should be notified at least three days in advance, and members should have 24 hours to consider legislative text before having to vote on it. A spokesman for Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) pointed out that the chairman and ranking member of the committee have the discretion to call a business meeting earlier if they both agree.
“This has been an open process under a shortened timeline where senators’ views from across the spectrum have been solicited and welcomed. With an agreement between the chairman and ranking member to proceed after hours of hearings, briefings, and meetings, the committee pursuant to the rules is proceeding with the business meeting,” said spokesman Adam Sharon.
The role of chairperson has its privileges.