Remember the blizzard that shut down Washington D.C. on January 26? We heard "the government is closed," but that didn't mean all Senators got a snow day. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), is shown below completing the formalities needed to delay Senate business until her fellow lawmakers could shovel their way to the street, while Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) wielded the Senate gavel.
In this photo, Murkowski is saying, "As we convene this morning, the presiding officer is female. All of our parliamentarians are female. All of our pages are female. Something is genuinely different, and something is genuinely fabulous!" Possibly alluding to the blizzard of hostility that gridlocks the chamber on most days, she added, "Perhaps it speaks to the hardiness of women that put on your boots and your hat and get out and slog through the mess that's out there." Later, Sen. Collins tweeted, "Thanks to Lisa Murkowski for joining me this morning to open the Senate. How fitting for Maine and Alaska to be here after the blizzard!"