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In an uncharacteristic show of bipartisan unity, four senators — two Republican and two Democratic — joined in a group hug on the Senate floor Monday night following a vote.
Republican Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Tim Scott of South Carolina joined Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota to celebrate the passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act.
It began with a side-hug between the two Republicans; then Heitkamp joined in, followed by Booker.
The legislation, which tightens the law governing the theft of trade secrets, passed unanimously, 87-0.
Heitkamp obtained a copy of the video and posted it on Twitter, adding that “a little bipartisan love” kicked off “the start of the week.”
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Here’s the clip.
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) April 4, 2016
Perhaps the best bipartisan group hug on The Senate Floor in US history. Thanks for getting the video Heidi. https://t.co/MZYNOUpF90
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) April 4, 2016
When one observer called the four “oath-breakers,” Sasse shot back this explanation:
B/c the oath to “preserve, protect & defend Constitution” prohibits hugging anyone you have policy differences with? https://t.co/t2lFRN22Lp
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) April 5, 2016
With all the rancor that has accompanied the 2016 political season, the display is rather refreshing.
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