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Winter Storm Puts Washington, DC on Ice

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Washington, D.C., doesn’t exactly have the best reputation when it comes to productivity, but when it snows, all bets are off.

D.C.’s share of the snowfall that blanketed much of the East Coast in the last 48 hours has effectively shut down the U.S. government.

The White House cancelled its daily press briefing and sent the media home at 9:45 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden had planned to make the trip to Maryland’s Eastern Shore to give congressional Democrats a pep talk at their annual retreat, but that trip also was cancelled because of weather.

Meanwhile, Democrats stuck in Cambridge, Md., for their three-day getaway seemed to be getting a bit of cabin fever.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer hit the dance floor to -- of all things -- Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.”

Congressional offices are closed and hallways were nearly empty.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and other lawmakers who were raised on snow and ice laughed in the face of a mere 10-or-so inches. “It’s business as usual here” in the Murkowski office, said the senator’s press secretary, Taylor Thompson. To rub it in, Murkowski tweeted a photo of XtraTuff snow boots.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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