Official communication between Senators tends to be pretty dull, often restricted to run-of-the-mill “Dear Colleague” letters. But HOH hears Sen. Jeanne Shaheen creatively got into the holiday spirit Monday when she sent around information about a piece of legislation.
The New Hampshire Democrat delivered a valentine to her fellow Senators about the Stop Unfair Giveaways and Restrictions (or SUGAR) Act. The sweet-sounding bill would phase out the U.S. Sugar Program, which sets a minimum price for sugar.
Shaheen’s valentine is addressed to “U.S. Senator” and features a candy heart reading “SUBSIDIZE ME.” It’s signed, “From Your Valentine, The Sugar Industry.” The valentine also urges Members to support the SUGAR Act, noting that sugar prices cost consumers $4 billion a year.
“The Senator just thought it would be a fun way to get people’s attention on a serious issue,” spokesman Al Killeffer tells HOH.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.