Before agreeing to change the policy Thursday, Chambliss defended the Intelligence panel’s secrecy earlier this week.
“Well, this committee operates in a classified world. We’re going to continue that,” Chambliss said Monday. Pressed on why he thought vote positions should be classified, Chambliss simply replied, “Why not?”
The answer for Intelligence panel member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., seems to be that there are “lines to be drawn” between protecting classified operations and “making sure that the laws themselves are public.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.