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Post-Blizzard, Only Women Showed Up to Run the Senate

Post-Blizzard, Only Women Showed Up to Run the Senate

There was something truly different about the Senate on Tuesday morning.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski from Alaska noted, "We came in this morning looked around the chamber and thought something is different this morning — different in a good way I might add."

It was quite a rough weekend for those who endured a record-breaking snowstorm that battered parts of the nation, including Washington, D.C.

And on Tuesday, Murkowski was charged with delaying Senate business until a particular group of her colleagues returned to work.

"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," she said assuring the public that the all-women session was not orchestrated.

Murkowski said she spent a good part of her weekend shoveling snow in her Arctic state and was happy to find that Sen. Susan Collins from Maine, a state with generally frigid winters, also managed to turn up for the work day.

"And I think it is genuinely fabulous," she added explaining, "Perhaps it just speaks to the hardiness of women that put on your boots, put your hat on and get out and slog through the mess that's out there."

As she concluded her statement she also mentioned: "I'm ready to be back at work."

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