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Posted at 11:59 p.m. on March 11, 2012
Several Members of Congress are stretching their sea legs today as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power takes the show on the water for a history-making hearing.
Subcommittee Chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) will helm the first Senate field hearing aboard a ship in more than half a century. The last time sitting lawmakers got to inhabit a Navy vessel for a little live politicking was April 1960; that’s when the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy made itself at home aboard the USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered submarine, in order to chat about nuclear security and Polaris missiles.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is expected to join Shaheen aboard the USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship in operation since 1992, for the off-campus photo op.
While we sincerely hope the entire operation comes off without a hitch, we couldn’t help but reminisce about some of the nautically themed gaffes that have plagued other pols:
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