U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham cracked open a cold one during his farewell speech to the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. In a final speech urging bipartisanship, Cunningham raised a beer as his parting shot in Congress.
“I’ve been trying to work with people since the first day I got here,” Cunningham said. “For the betterment of this country, we have to come together. We have to sit down and listen to each other. And maybe even have a beer.”
“In the spirit of bipartisanship and cooperation: I raise this glass to my colleagues, both Democrats and Republicans,” he said.
This is not the first time Cunningham has walked onto the House floor with beer in tow. In January 2019, shortly after he was sworn in, Cunningham was turned away while trying to bring a six-pack of Charleston-area brews into Congress to highlight economic development of the craft beer industry.
U.S. Representative-elect Nancy Mace defeated Cunningham in November and will take over the 1st District seat in January.