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More than 50 United States Senators took the Senate Sergeant at Arms up on an offer for satellite phones that will reportedly allow them to communicate in the event of a “man-made” or natural disaster.

All 100 Senators were offered the phones, according to a report. People familiar with the measures told CBS News the devices are part of new security measures offered to senators.

Karen Gibson, the Senate Sergeant at Arms, said the communication is supposed to “ensure a redundant and secure means of communication during a disruptive event.”

Senators who agreed to take the devices were instructed to keep them close while traveling.


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