May 5th, 2009
12:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Senator tweets from trapped subway car

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Claire McCaskill was trapped in a Senate subway car Tuesday morning in Washington along with three other senators, according to her Twitter page."]
(CNN) – Four senators were trapped in a Senate subway car Tuesday morning in Washington, according to tweets from Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

"Stuck in a tram from Capitol to Hart. Broken. Not moving. Lieberman and Alexander in next car. And Voiniitch.[sic] Wonder how long we'll be here?" Sen. Claire McCaskill wrote on her Twitter page.

Lawmakers often use the Senate subway to commute between the Capitol and their offices.

According to recent tweets, McCaskill and her colleagues have since been rescued. The Democratic senator from Missouri is poised to return to the Capitol for a vote - but as for riding the subway back, McCaskill says: "Takes longer, but I think I'll walk."

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. John in Ohio

    Trapped in a subway car with Lieberman? Yikes.

    May 5, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. J.P.

    If only we could trap ALL of Congress in a stalled subway car... imagine how little damage they could do.

    Starting back in September, if we'd have sent the Congress on a year-long taxpayer-funded vacation to the exotic location of their choice, we'd be 12 trillion dollars ahead, right now. Ah yes, choices, choices... elections do indeed have consequences.

    But don't worry, I'll make sure my great-great granchildren (who won't be born for decades) will be willing to work for 20 cents on the dollar to pay for Rahm Emmanuel's non-wasted "crisis."

    May 5, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Ellis

    How luck, they don't have to fight traffic like the rest of us.

    May 5, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Melissa

    Ok, now my question is "Why should I care?".

    May 5, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. bs

    Can the Senator stop Bloomberg and the MTA from increasing fares !!

    May 5, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Brent

    God forbid they should have to WALK ACROSS THE STREET!!!

    May 5, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. pancho villa

    send all 100 of them on a long tram to "no-where" !

    May 5, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. TomJay

    I'd like to see these prima donas ride the New York City subway every day. LOL

    May 5, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Rick CT

    4 down, 95 to go, 1 hopefully to never get there. Then we can start on the other 435.

    No great loss.

    May 5, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. LouAZ

    20 years ago the tram ran right next to the walk way in the tunnel. Why didn't they just get out and walk the rest of the way ? Is there some new tunnel with a tram only.

    May 5, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Leo in Waco

    Please, please, PLEASE leave them there! At least they can't spend our money while sealed in a tram car.

    May 5, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Chris

    This is a joke. I've been on the train between the senate offices and the Capitol. There is nothing to be trapped in. If it stops for whatever reason, you just get out and walk the remainder of the way on the sidewalks next to the tram in the air conditioned and well lit underground tunnel. Some people walk it anyway.

    May 5, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Idiot_Peolosi

    Too bad these clowns were trapped longer. Take it as a sign. Go home and retire. We need fresh blood.

    May 5, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. joe smith

    so, the billions spent on a subway system for our prima dona Senators equates to I-495 most of the time..should have used a contractor like Murtech to build it, after all no bid contractors always provide superior workmanship..

    May 5, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. jm

    Please let them stay there longer, every second is saving our country millions. Maybe Barry could take the train next time too and them we'd save billions per second.

    May 5, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. No Incumbents 2010

    This is news? that McGaskill had a delay riding the "Senate Subway" How much did the Senate subway cost hardworking Americans? Just so old scenile Senators don't have to walk?

    May 5, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Couldn't have happen to a more deserving group of folks.

    May 5, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |