Webb, Warner report to work in snowstorm
Our colleague Paul Kane reports today that Virginia's two senators easily made it to the Capitol this weekend -- and had less adventurous travels than their counterparts in Maryland in getting there.
U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D), who lives in Falls Church, used his Jeep to plow through the snow, his office said.
Aides to U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) reported an "uneventful" trek from the lawmaker's home in Alexandria, which, as far as primary residences go, is the closest of any senator to the Capitol. However, dozens of senators live within a couple of blocks of the Senate in townhouses and apartments, giving them short walks to the votes.
Meanwhile, in case you were curious about our neighbors to the north, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), who is recovering from an accident in which her ankle was broken in multiple places, got to the Capitol at 7:30 a.m. Saturday after a treacherous two-hour drive down Interstate 95 from Baltimore.
Using a walker to traverse the snow-covered steps, she arrived in time for a key vote on a Pentagon spending bill and confessed later that her ankle and her skills behind the wheel made it impossible for her to do the driving: An aide delivered her to work. "I would have been a public health hazard. I am not a snow driver," she said.
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), also in the Baltimore area, was fortunate to have nearby a chief of staff with a farm truck. Leaving Cardin's home at 5:30 a.m., the duo barreled around the Baltimore Beltway and onto the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, encountering jackknifed tractor-trailers and crawling traffic. "Literally, the truck was moving at under five miles per hour," he said. "It really was, sort of, a white-knuckle drive." Cardin's trip took about an hour and 40 minutes.
December 20, 2009; 9:47 AM ET
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