Lawmaker Finds Bright Side to Government Shutdown

At least the beltway isn't as bad.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D- Md., is followed by reporters after a briefing on the NSA on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D- Md., who lives in Baltimore, has a much easier morning commute because of the shutdown.

There were a lot of sour faces on Capitol Hill Tuesday, but Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, D-Md., had at least one good thing come out of the shutdown. His beltway commute just got better.

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"I live in Baltimore and it sometimes takes me two-and-a-half hours to get to work every morning," Ruppersberger said, according to our own Tom Risen. "Today I was driving to work and it took me an hour-and-fifteen minutes because of the shutdown."

Ruppersberger, the ranking member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, appeared Tuesday morning at a Politico's Cyber Seven event to discuss cybersecurity.

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