Washington D.C. Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a U.S. Senator? They introduce legislation, vote on bills, meet with groups but how busy are the senators?
The Gray DC team got exclusive access to North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp's day and how she works.
9 a.m.- Senator Heitkamp's work day starts at a senate sub committee hearing on regulatory affairs and federal management. Heitkamp questions the Environmental Protection Agency's management of the renewable fuel standard program.
“Distribution capacity, what does that mean—what does that rejection mean?" said Heitkamp.
11a.m.- Heitkamp meets with an agriculture group then right after she has a telephone interview with a North Dakota newspaper.
Just before noon Heitkamp walks over to talk with a group of women about being leaders.
Around 12:45 It’s time for lunch and Heitkamp votes on the Defense Appropriations Act.
When Senator Heitkamp comes back around 2 p.m. she has a couple more meetings; first with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—then the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Then we had a quick moment to chat with Senator Heitkamp about her packed day and how she handles the grueling schedule.
"The time to think is not when you are in this office, the time to think is when you gt home at night," said Heitkamp.
Immediately after our sit down, Heitkamp goes on a conference call with members of her Strong and Safe Communities Task Force—aimed at fixing problems created by North Dakota’s recent energy boom.
At 6 p.m., towards the end of her day, Senator Heitkamp gives her weekly speech honoring fallen North Dakota Vietnam veterans.
After that, the senator met with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro before calling it a day.