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

Snow day? They just call this Monday.

National Journal
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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