Here’s what happened when a freshman congressman tried to bring 6-pack of beer onto House floor

Rep. Joe Cunningham is apparently still learning the ropes in the House.

The newly elected Democrat from South Carolina was not allowed on the House floor on Friday because he was carrying an illicit item: a six-pack of beer.

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The freshman Democrat was reportedly trying to gift the craft beers from breweries in Charleston to Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio, co-chair of the House’s Small Brewer’s Caucus, according to The Post and Courier.

“Making friends when you’re a freshman is hard and I thought I’d grease the skids with some Lowcountry beer,” Cunningham tweeted following the incident.

“It’s Friday too,” he reportedly quipped, according to Politico national political reporter Laura Barron-Lopez.

The different Charleston-area beers included a White Thai and One Claw from Westbrook Brewing Company and Dead Arm from Coast Brewing, according to the Post and Courier. Coast Brewing gave some follow-up advice to the congressman on Twitter.

Rebecca Drago, Cunningham’s communications director, said that the lawmaker had been strapped for time since he was trying to make a flight back home Friday afternoon. He did eventually get the cans to DeFazio, as he noted in his tweet.

“Thankfully @RepPeterDeFazio got it in the end! Can I join the beer caucus now?,” he asked.

DeFazio responded to the hiccup on Twitter as well.

The House Small Brewers Caucus was formed in 2007 and, as of last July, has 234 House members in 43 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Brewers Association website.

Frieda Powers


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