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Blumenthal toasts with a glass of milk

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) raised his class of milk Thursday on the Senate floor to celebrate a reported breakthrough in a deal on dairy in the farm bill negotiations.

“[Milk] is the only beverage that is permitted on the floor other than water,” Blumenthal said before raising his glass. “So I am pleased today to have milk on the floor. … ‘Got milk?’ I’m willing to share.”

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Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who was also on the Senate floor, praised Blumenthal for having a “calcium rich diet.”

Blumenthal, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said he was “pleased” that farm bill conferees were nearing a deal on dairy policies — the last issue that needed to be worked out in the bill.

“I am pleased they have reached a dairy compromise,” Blumenthal said. But the Connecticut senator didn’t reveal any details about the deal.

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