After the Blizzard, the Only People Who Showed Up for Work at the U.S. Senate Were Women

Washington, D.C., is buried under record-breaking snow.

Washington, D.C., is buried in record-breaking snow and Congress has been officially closed, so you can’t blame people for not showing up at work. But Tuesday morning, Senator Lisa Murkowski got up to the podium and noted that the only people who got themselves to Capitol Hill were women—from senators to pages.

Responsible for commencing Senate business and officially postponing actions, Murkowski, an Alaskan Republican, described what she observed on the floor. “As we convene this morning, you look around the chamber. The presiding officer is female. All of our parliamentarians are female. Our floor managers are female. All of our pages are female.”

Murkowski went on to assure that this wasn’t a plot. “We came in this morning and looked around and thought: Something is different this morning. Different in a good way, I might add. But something is genuinely different and I think it is genuinely fabulous.”

Senator Susan Collins of Maine, also presiding, told New York’s Daily News that “the two senators who made it in were from Maine and Alaska. We are hardy, we know how to deal with snow, and we don’t let a blizzard stop us from doing our jobs.”