- US senators are breaking impeachment trial rules by sneaking forbidden food and snacks into the Senate Chamber, according to reporters.
- According to the rules, no food or drinks are allowed except for still or sparkling water.
- Two precedents set in the 1960s permit senators to request milk and eat candy so long as it is retrieved from the so-called candy desk.
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Senators are breaking impeachment trial rules by eating forbidden snacks, according to reporters in the Senate Chamber.
According to the impeachment rules, no food or drinks are allowed in the chamber of the US Capitol except for still or sparkling water and milk. The rules apparently weren’t enough to stop senators from sneaking snacks into the chamber to sustain themselves during the 12-hour days.
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska sneaked in a bag of beef jerky to his desk, according to Roll Call. The publication also reported seeing Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York bringing in a grocery bag with unknown contents.
Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana was munching on a candy bar at his desk, and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont pulled out a box of mints from his pocket and tried to sneakily open it with his keys, Roll Call reported.
A precedent set in 1965 allowed US senators to eat candy in the chamber so long as it is kept in a so-called candy desk. Sen. George Murphy of California, who served from 1965 to 1971, had a sweet tooth and often kept candy in his desk. He shared his sweet stash with fellow senators, thus starting the tradition.
— U.S. Senate History (@SenateHistory) August 22, 2016
“In every Congress since that time a candy desk has been located in the back row of the Republican side, on the aisle and adjacent to the Chamber’s most heavily used entrance,” according to the Senate art and history webpage.
The candy responsibility currently falls upon Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
— Architect of the Capitol (@uscapitol) November 4, 2015
Several senators followed the rules with a particular request. CBS News’ Grace Segers tweeted that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina requested glasses of milk.
The dairy order follows impeachment trial rules according to a Senate precedent set in 1966 that says “there is nothing in the rules to prohibit the senator from requesting a glass of milk.” Segers also tweeted that senators needed to provide their own milk to the cloakroom, where it would be kept cold until they asked pages for it.
The Senate took a 30-minute recess for dinner at 6:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The Politico reporter Jake Sherman tweeted that he saw “massive bags of qdoba being carried into the capitol,” though it’s unclear who the bags of food were for.
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