The twittering press has been making a fuss about the US Senate being all-woman on Tuesday this week. For example the headline in the Huff and Puffington Post ran this:
Alaska Senator Says Only Women Showed Up To Run Congress Post-Blizzard
They quoted Senator Lisa Murkowski as saying
As we convene this morning, you look around the chamber, the presiding officer is female. All of our parliamentarians are female….
What the article did not tell us was how many parliamentarians that was.
It was two.
The quorum for the US Senate is 51. Most senators might well have assumed that, Washington being hit by a huge snowfall, a quorum – or anything like it – was not really on the cards.
So not really so earth-shattering.