More Bipartisan Carpooling: Minnesota’s Lewis and Nolan

Congressman waited 24 hours for flight in D.C. airport

Reps. Rick Nolan, center, and Jason Lewis debate while Nolan’ granddaughter Ellie drives. (Rep. Jason Lewis via Facebook)
Reps. Rick Nolan, center, and Jason Lewis debate while Nolan’ granddaughter Ellie drives. (Rep. Jason Lewis via Facebook)
Posted April 7, 2017 at 8:35pm

Reps. Rick Nolan and Jason Lewis were on a bipartisan road trip home to Minnesota Friday after bad weather delayed their flights for 24 hours in D.C.

Lewis told viewers in a video posted on his Facebook page that he and Nolan had been waiting for their flight home from Washington for the Easter recess for 24 hours and then it “disappeared from the screen.”

“Other than the time I accidentally walked into the Democratic caucus, that was the worst place I’ve ever been stranded in my life,” Republican Lewis joked.

They got on a flight, but the closest they could come was Madison, Wisc., 6½ hours from the Minnesota state line.

“And who’s in Madison? Granddaughter Ellie,” Lewis said, pointing to Nolan’s granddaughter driving the pair to Minnesota, with Lewis riding shotgun and Nolan in the back.

Both serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and said their experience over the last two days might be brought up in the committee.

In the 10-minute video, the two also talk about President Donald Trump’s strike on Syria.

“We found some agreement there, we both believe this thing should go before the Congress of the United States,” Nolan said. Lewis agreed.

“The founders of the constitution, they did not want a president or an executive to have the unilateral authority to take the nation into war,” Nolan continued. “It’s time for Congress to step up.”

The trip came about three weeks after the two-day bipartisan roadtrip with Texas Reps. Beto O’Rourke and Will Hurd after their flight from Texas was delayed by snow in D.C.

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Correction: A previous version of this story identified Ellie as Lewis’ granddaughter.