The skies were sunny on Tuesday, but a winter storm is forecast to hit the Washington, D.C., area and could cause delays or closures Wednesday.
“Washington DC – what a bunch of wimps. Threat of snow tomorrow and everyone is in high panic. #Snowquester,” he tweeted from his official @jasoninthehouse account.
But Chaffetz spokeswoman MJ Henshaw said that despite his sarcastic tweets, the congressman is committed to the safety of his staffers, and the office will likely follow the OPM’s guidelines in determining whether to close in the event of a major snow event.
“This is a guy from Utah; he has six ski areas in his district, so to hear 3 inches of snow may shut down the district makes him laugh,” Henshaw said.
She added, “Luckily, my boss stays in his office, so he doesn’t really have the commute.”
This is not the first time a major snowstorm has affected Congress while it is in session.
In December 2009, when the Senate was rounding up votes for President Barack Obama’s health care bill, a blizzard rocked the District, forcing senators and their staff to trudge to the Capitol through the nearly two feet of snow that fell in order to complete legislative business.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.