[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/12/27/art.getty.dick.durbin.jpg caption="Sen. Dick Durbin said Thursday that DC residents fear snowfall like a 'nuclear attack.'"]Washington (CNN) - Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said Thursday that he "never could get over" the way people in the nation's capital deal with the threat of an impending snowfall.
Washington residents get their fair share of jabs when it comes to their anxiety about impending snowfall, but the Democrat from a decidedly snowier region of the country took the criticism to a new level Thursday in a speech on the Senate floor.
"I'm convinced that infants born in Washington, D.C., are taken from the arms of their loving mothers right when they are born, into a room where someone shows a film of a snowstorm with shrieking and screaming so that those children come to believe that snow is a mortal enemy, like a nuclear attack," Durbin said. "Because I've seen over 40 years here, people in this town go into a full-scale panic at the thought of a snowfall."
Watch Durbin's full remarks after the jump:
Durbin thanked the federal employees who "came trudging through the snow" so that congressional offices could operate and tourists who braved the blizzard could safely navigate around the Capitol grounds.
Durbin went on to say that most snowstorms don't warrant the level of distress typically exhibited by Washingtonians, but that this was no ordinary storm.
"This was a heck of a snowstorm. You had every right to be concerned. Some of the other ones, maybe not, but this one was the real deal."
The federal government closed for four and half days and most public schools shuttered their doors all week as a result of the two storms that dumped more than 30 inches on the nation's capital.