Lawmakers Watch Eclipse From Back Home
With Congress on recess, members watched the show with friends, family, and constituents
Unlike President Donald Trump, many lawmakers listened to the warnings and wore solar eclipse glasses to look at the sun on Monday.
The president briefly looked skyward before putting on his protective glasses when he and first lady Melania Trump joined millions of Americans to view the solar eclipse.
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, was the only lawmaker spotted at the Capitol steps on Monday steps because he was to preside over the Senate on Tuesday morning.
But with Congress home for its August recess, many of his colleagues in the House and the Senate tweeted photos of them watching the eclipse, some in the path of totality.
Watching the eclipse with @SAChamber Amazing! pic.twitter.com/9Yx8PjMCfd
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 21, 2017
Contrary to popular belief, you can look at my hair without #EclipseGlasses! #Eclipse2017
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) August 21, 2017
#solareclipse2017 gazing in Evansville with @mayorwinnecke and @signatureschool students. pic.twitter.com/I9VYz3wOTz
— Senator Todd Young (@SenToddYoung) August 21, 2017
Eclipse watching from Dallas pic.twitter.com/QVPdQy2Hbe
— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) August 21, 2017
I’m Ready! #EclipseDay pic.twitter.com/IIqbJebcww
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 21, 2017
Watching the #SolarEclipse17 with @meghanmccain on a hike in #Arizona! pic.twitter.com/pKG7pl8Qqk
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 21, 2017
Step outside, #LosAngeles! It’s peak time to view the #eclipse with your viewing glasses. pic.twitter.com/tBGgLWp6We
— Rep. Jimmy Gomez (@RepJimmyGomez) August 21, 2017
Watching the #SolarEclipse2017 at Newlon Elementary with principal Rob Beam, @SuptTomB, & State Rep Susan Lontine. Thanks for having us DPS. pic.twitter.com/wLiOlm68b0
— Michael F. Bennet (@SenBennetCO) August 21, 2017
Checking out the #Eclipse2017. pic.twitter.com/hyvoVeeAGP
— Rep. Garret Graves (@RepGarretGraves) August 21, 2017
Viewing the #SolarEclispe2017 from #Rockford, Illinois. pic.twitter.com/T4q0wbqaJt
— Rep. Cheri Bustos (@RepCheri) August 21, 2017
Great to be in #Joliet for #SolarEclipse2017! pic.twitter.com/AwJUDYtJah
— Bill Foster (@RepBillFoster) August 21, 2017
Some watched with family.
Just watched #SolarEclipse17 with the family. It was pretty awesome! pic.twitter.com/xRBoLzUuqE
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) August 21, 2017
What a sight! #SolarEclipse pic.twitter.com/peZHh0WxqY
— Rep. Randy Hultgren (@RepHultgren) August 21, 2017
I’m watching the #SolarEclipse with my grandchildren in Murphysboro, IL. Where are you watching from? #Eclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/gyAmBQUW03
— Rep. Mike Bost (@RepBost) August 21, 2017
Martha & I enjoyed #Eclipse2017 with our grandchildren today in path of totality in Tellico Plains, TN. What an awesome event to witness! pic.twitter.com/bllil2DzaA
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) August 21, 2017
Some embraced their nerdness, like #scificongressman Rep. Richard Neal.
Checking out the #SolarEclipse with Beth Ward from @WMassNews at @SpfldMuseums #scificongressman pic.twitter.com/XOThT99pFX
— Rep. Richard Neal (@RepRichardNeal) August 21, 2017
Just witnessed a true celestial wonder! #SolarEclispe17 serves as a reminder of how nature impacts us all. pic.twitter.com/jRAfLVb7ex
— Mike Quigley (@RepMikeQuigley) August 21, 2017
Drove to Hastings to catch eclipse.
Was totally work it.
I’m comfortable with my nerdness.
— Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) August 21, 2017
Some lawmakers found other ways to celebrate the day.
My “view” of the #totalsolareclipse right at its peak was from the permafrost tunnel near Fairbanks. pic.twitter.com/mKC7XmvCTT
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) August 21, 2017
Sen. Bill Nelson now showing students what happens during #eclipse. Says today “is a big deal.” pic.twitter.com/yRkWos8kYx
— Mark Young (@urbanmark2014) August 21, 2017
Others tweeted photographs on their staffers back in D.C. checking out the show.
My DC staff made a brief excursion outside to view today’s #SolarEclipse2017 #SolarEclipse pic.twitter.com/HnplxHdU3A
— Rep. Jim Renacci (@RepJimRenacci) August 21, 2017
My D.C. staff is trying to check out the #eclipse from Washington. How is your view on the Gulf Coast? pic.twitter.com/uzeWCj2RaJ
— Rep. Bradley Byrne (@RepByrne) August 21, 2017