Northern Senators to D.C.: We Don’t Need Your Stinkin’ Snow Days

Snow day? They just call this Monday.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: Snow falls in front of the U.S. Capitol on March 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Federal Government is closed due to major snow storm that is expected to dump up to a foot of snow in the Washington area.
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Sarah Mimms
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Sarah Mimms
March 3, 2014, 9:27 a.m.

With the Dis­trict shut down and most of Wash­ing­ton bury­ing it­self un­der the cov­ers, hop­ing for this fall­ing white stuff to just leave us the hell alone, a few mem­bers of Con­gress are hap­pily go­ing about their work. Al­though votes have been can­celed for the day, a few sen­at­ors from snow­i­er cli­mates are in the of­fice and are not above a little po­lite rib­bing of their col­leagues who de­cided to take the day off. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., began it this morn­ing with a shot of the Cap­it­ol.

Heitkamp’s staff is work­ing through the snow day, al­though the sen­at­or her­self is still trav­el­ing back from North Dakota, where she at­ten­ded an event Sat­urday in neg­at­ive 52 de­gree weath­er, ac­cord­ing to a spokes­per­son.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., was even sas­si­er, brav­ing the ele­ments on his of­fice bal­cony sans winter coat.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, upped the so­cial-me­dia game by post­ing a Vine of the fall­ing snow from her of­fice bal­cony.

” ‘Snow day?’ You mean ‘Week day at the of­fice,’ yes?” one of Murkowski’s staffers said in an email. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and his staff were in the of­fice promptly at 7:30 a.m. The sen­at­or even took a little time out of his morn­ing to head up to the MS­N­BC stu­di­os in North­w­est Wash­ing­ton for an ap­pear­ance on Morn­ing Joe be­fore snap­ping this snow shot.

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., had hoped to joined them, hop­ping on an early flight back to Wash­ing­ton, but was burned by some over­con­fid­ence in the Dis­trict’s abil­ity to re­spond to a ma­jor snowstorm.

This is third time this year that the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment has shuttered due to snow. Con­gress is sched­uled to get back to work of­fi­cially on Tues­day, though the Sen­ate has delayed votes un­til Wed­nes­day.

Up­dated Tues­day at 11 a.m.

Cor­rec­tion: The ori­gin­al ver­sion of this story mis-iden­ti­fied Sen. Heidi Heitkamp as a Re­pub­lic­an.

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