Is it something in the water?

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During a Senate Appropriations Committee markup, Leahy regaled the audience with a tale from his early days on the committee.

He said the a chairman always had his water brought in separately by an aide. One day, Leahy found himself choking.

"I took a sip out of his glass," Leahy recalled. "It wasn't water."

Leahy joked that the current chairwoman, Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiWomen's Equality Day and the last glass ceiling The Trail 2016: Her big night Clinton to cast election as ‘moment of reckoning’ MORE (D-Md.), probably doesn't drink vodka on the job, even though she is proud of her Polish roots.

"In Polish, the word for water is 'woda' and the word for vodka is 'wodka,'" Mikulski said. "Only one 'k' separates them ... that's why I drink mine out of a clear bottle to preserve my reputation."

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