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Dem Senator Opens a Hearing From a Bumpy Train Ride: ‘I’m Not Jittery’

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Si Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, had an earnest start to a hearing in “Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure.”

Carper opened the committee hearing from the car of an Amtrak train after being run over in traffic on his trip to Washington, DC

The Delaware senator explained, “I didn’t realize, the entire city of Wilmington was practically closed, and there was no traffic moving. And I knew the police well, but there was no way they would let me.”

He said he would miss his initial train, he thought he would drive to the Capitol, but, “They also closed access to I-95 to almost everyone.”

However, he was able to secure access to the country’s capital on another train, where he led the hearing from afar.

“I haven’t done this before, so we’ll see how it works. But, jumping around, because the train is jumping, I’m not rude,” he added.

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Carper eventually went to the Senate hearing room, where he himself presided at the hearing.

“Today is St. Patrick’s day, the luck of the Irish,” he said.

He said that the President Joe Biden was in Wilmington, Delaware, and attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, “which is on its way to the train station,” and police blocked traffic because of it.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) Interjected, “I hope you’re not in the quiet car.”

“I’m not. I went all the way to the front car, and there weren’t many people upstairs,” Carper replied.

Despite the earnest start of his hearing, Carper joked that he could “stop coming to hearings or just do it on a train.”



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