During Impeachment Trial, Some Senators Enjoy A Glass Of Milk It's a tradition for long days in the Senate that goes back to 1966. It was during a debate on labor law, that then Sen. Everett Dirksen said he needed something more nourishing than water.

During Impeachment Trial, Some Senators Enjoy A Glass Of Milk

During Impeachment Trial, Some Senators Enjoy A Glass Of Milk

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It's a tradition for long days in the Senate that goes back to 1966. It was during a debate on labor law, that then Sen. Everett Dirksen said he needed something more nourishing than water.

NOEL KING, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Noel King. During the impeachment trial yesterday, some senators were seen drinking milk. This is a tradition on long days in the Senate that goes back to 1966. During a debate on labor law, Everett Dirksen said he needed something more nourishing than water. The senator said, my lunch today will be a tall glass of milk. It's been allowed by rule ever since. The rule's called milk while speaking. Milk, it does a legislative body good.

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