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Trashy Problem Comes Out of Blizzard Sledding

Sledders use a discarded March for Live protest sign to skid their way down the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 22. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With hundreds of people sledding at the Capitol this weekend, hundreds of pieces of trash were left behind.  

From March for Life signs, pizza boxes, collapsed cardboard boxes and plastic bags, people sledding were either bringing their own trash and leaving it or taking items out of the trash to use as a sled. While the bulk of trash was cleaned up by the end of the weekend, Tuesday's sledders at the Capitol were still taking items out of the trash to use as surfaces.  

Cory Booker: Have Shovel, Will Help Out

Booker shovels the walk of a house in Camden, N.J. (Photo courtesy Courier-Post reporter Phaedra Trethan's Twitter feed.)

With the Senate postponing Tuesday's originally scheduled debate until Wednesday, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., stayed home to lend a hand — and a shovel.  

“[Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell made the right call, it really helps out those who were in the storm,” Booker told HOH.  

Mayor Encourages Sidewalk Use, but Easier Said Than Done

With most sidewalks nearly impassable, many pedestrians could only walk down the streets to get around. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

D.C. residents out and about following the weekend's blizzard are using the street to walk and not the sidewalk, posing a “big concern” for Mayor Muriel Bower.  

“We really need folks to stay on the sidewalks,” the mayor’s Communications Director Mike Czin told HOH. “Roads are slick and icy,” he said, adding:  “When people are on the street, people making turns have to go wide,” he says. “It’s also hard to see people past the banks of show.”  

Snow or Shine, Roe v. Wade Events to Continue

Sunny and snowless day on Jan. 22, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Despite the snowpocalypse expected to hit the East Coast on Friday, leaders on both sides of the issue are gearing up to mark another anniversary of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision.  

Since the year after Roe v. Wade in 1973, anti-abortion advocates have been protesting every year on the anniversary at the March for Life, the organizers say that despite the forecast, this year's March for Life will not be canceled  on Friday.  

Booker, Menendez Ask Feds for Help With Salt Shortage

Heavy snow and ice has Booker and Menendez calling for more rock salt.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New Jersey's senators are seeking federal help to alleviate a shortage of rock salt prompted by the abundance of ice and snow.  

Specifically, Democrats Robert Menendez and Cory Booker want federal officials to waive the Jones Act, a 1920 Maritime law that bars certain foreign-flagged vessels from U.S. ports. A foreign vessel was transporting rock salt to Newark.  

Snow Forecast Could Speed Up Action on Debt Limit (Updated)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:57 p.m. | The Senate is once again racing Mother Nature: A final vote on a clean increase in the federal debt limit could come as early as Wednesday, provided Republican senators go along.  

A major snowstorm is expected in the national capital region Wednesday night and into Thursday, presumably setting up an early start to next week's Presidents Day recess.