Alaska's senator mocks colleagues who went home because of snow

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump's plan to claw back spending hits wall in Congress GOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary Dem rep to launch discharge petition to force net neutrality vote in House MORE (R-Alaska) mocked her fellow senators and their staff in a video Thursday for missing work because of a snow storm in Washington, D.C.

Speaking from a hallway in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Alaska’s senior senator was flabbergasted that the building was empty.

“It is Thursday afternoon in Washington, D.C.,” she said in the video posted to her Facebook page. “2:48 in the afternoon.”

She looked down the hallway. “These are all offices of members, staff, committees, and there’s nobody here,” she said.

“While most of the Senate is closed due to weather here on a Thursday afternoon, I've held a hearing on the Arctic, worked with Alaskans who are in town, and am having a very productive day,” Murkowski wrote in the Facebook post.

Earlier on Thursday, Murkowski, the chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, led a hearing on the United States’s opportunities in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding region.

It was the only hearing in the Senate, which canceled its session and nearly all of its events because of the 8 inches of snow expected Thursday. Many senators went home for the weekend.

The rest of Alaska’s congressional delegation also poked fun at Congress, recording a video of their own outside the Capitol in the snow.

“We got snow for the Iditarod, right here in the capital,” Rep. Don Young (R) said in the video, referring to the snow shortage along the path of the upcoming Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

“If we had it in Alaska, you know we would be enjoying it and not running from it,” said Sen. Dan Sullivan (R). Young and Sullivan also mocked Congress and the federal government for shutting down.

“Best rest assured: The Alaska offices of D.C. are open for business,” Sullivan said, holding a snowball.

Murkowski often finds fun ways to point out that she and her staff normally work on days that the Senate closes due to weather.

On another snow day in February, she posted a photo of her office staff, saying “While the federal government is closed for what D.C. considers a lot of snow, my team is in the office, hard at work for Alaskans!”