Many congressional offices were closed Thursday, or if they were open, employees were allowed to work from home. But not staffers for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
A source told ITK that an "edict" came down Wednesday night from "the boss" that staffers were to be at their desks on Thursday, despite record snowfalls, extremely limited Metro service, and a federal government shutdown.
The senator would be in the office, they were told, and employees who weren't there, for whatever reason, would be fined a vacation day. Ouch.
A spokesman for Feinstein confirmed the tough policy. "Our office has a flexible leave policy that allows staff to take vacation time if they can't make it in today due to snow," he said in a statement. "However, nearly every member of our dedicated team of public servants is in the office working hard on behalf of the people of California today. As I mentioned before, we all worked from home yesterday. Also, there were several committee meetings today, and the Senate is in session."