Here’s what a U.S. senator does: Make laws, authorize and appropriate federal funds, provide for the common defense and the general welfare, regulate commerce among the states and with foreign nations, declare war and maintain and regulate the military, impeach federal officers including the president, advise and consent to treaties and appointments of judges and federal officials.
For the record, a U.S. senator doesn’t do anything when a snowstorm hits his or her home state. If they happen to be home at the time, maybe they can help their neighbor shovel the driveway. And sure, they can press the White House to declare a state of emergency and dispatch federal money to help, but that’s about it.
On the other hand, the governor has broad responsibilities, as do mayors of cities, such as providing emergency shelters and plowing the roads. They do the heavy lifting.
So why all the hand-wringing about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) leaving the suddenly snow-filled