SC’s Cunningham cracks open a beer in final US House address

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham of South Carolina made it one for the road Thursday, cracking open a can of beer in a toast to his fellow members in sign-off of his brief tenure in Congress.

Cunningham pulled a can from his suit jacket and said, “I raise this glass to my colleagues, both Democrats and Republicans.”

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In 2019, the freshman was stopped from bringing a six-pack of beer onto the House floor because alcohol is prohibited.

At the time, he said he wanted to give a collection of South Carolina brews to the co-chairman of the House’s Small Brewer’s Caucus.

Cunningham lost his bid for a second term in November.