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Heard on the Hill: Treats for Timeliness

How are Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) like kindergartners?

They like to be rewarded with candy.

At the beginning of a House Judiciary Committee markup Thursday before the panel was able to reach a quorum needed to mark up legislation Cohen grabbed his microphone, broke the waiting silence and said to Chairman Lamar Smith, I hope youre taking notes on whos here on time, Mr. Chairman.

The Texas Republican assured him that hed get brownie points.

Do we get cookies and milk after nap time, too? Cohen joked.

Actually, you do, Smith responded as he stood up, walked toward Cohen and handed him a small 3 Musketeers candy bar.

But, Mr. Chairman, dont you know you have to have enough treats for the whole class?

HOH wasnt the only jealous one.

Mr. Chairman, Id like one, too, Chabot demanded.

Unfortunately, Smith was out of candy, but several hours later, as the chairman was leaving the committee room, Smith slipped Chabot what looked like something sweet.

It pays well at least in chocolates to be on time.

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