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Blumenthal toasts with a glass of milk

Sen. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalSenate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency Congress sends first major opioid bill to Obama's desk Opioid package clears key Senate hurdle MORE (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.”

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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