Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin avoided the states poor weather by joining his colleagues Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono on a taxpayer-financed junket to Hawaii.
To make it official, Durbin toured U.S. Pacific Command, Wheeler Army Airfield, the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the F-22 Complex at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Sens. Durbin and Hirono, left, Captain Brian Osgood, Sen. Schatz and nuclear engineer Jim Kelly near the USS Missouri and USS Arizona Memorials at Pearl Harbor Naval Base.