Snowstorm Forecast No Match for Senate, House Resources Hearings

Capitol Police patrol the East Plaza of the Capitol during a January snow shower. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

No, the Senate hearing about the Arctic, chaired by a senator from Alaska, won't be cancelled due to a little snow.  

An aide to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski said there was a zero percent chance Thursday's hearing on U.S. opportunities in the Arctic would be cancelled due to the snow that's expected in the nation's capital.  

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the region, effective at midnight and throughout the day Thursday. Once the system moves into the area and the precipitation turns from rain to snow, accumulations of 4-8 inches are expected.  

Murkowski's panel is scheduled to hear testimony from an array of witnesses, including Alaska state lawmakers and the State Department's Special Representative for the Arctic, Robert J. Papp Jr. Papp is a retired Coast Guard admiral who was the agency's 24th commandant.  

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is not alone. The House's Natural Resources Committee, led by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, is going forward with its planned review of President Barack Obama's budget request for the Interior Department. Secretary Sally Jewell is scheduled to testify there.  

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