Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump walks tightrope on gun control State Department's top arms control official leaving Sanders NASA plan is definitely Earth first MORE (R-Texas) is having a bipartisan Christmas.

He told TMZ that he was given Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinFederal funding for Chinese buses risks our national security Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall The Trump downturn: Trouble ahead for the US economy MORE (D-Wis.) for this year’s secret Santa gift exchange in the SEnate.

“She likes cooking, so I gave her a Texas cookbook,” he said.

He was the secret Santa for Sen. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichAlaska political mess has legislators divided over meeting place Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lobbying world MORE (D-Alaska), he said, who got him a selection of foods from Alaska.

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Cruzo said that the senators, like many Americans participating in gift exchanges, were limited by how much they could spend.

“You know, there’s a limit of 15 bucks. Politicians are kind of inherently cheap,” he said.

The Senate’s secret Santa tradition was started in 2011 by Sens. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGOP Senate candidate said Republicans have 'dual loyalties' to Israel The Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? The Memo: Times correction gives GOP lifeline in latest Kavanaugh controversy MORE (D-Minn.) and Mike JohannsMichael (Mike) Owen JohannsMeet the Democratic sleeper candidate gunning for Senate in Nebraska Farmers, tax incentives can ease the pain of a smaller farm bill Lobbying World MORE (R-Neb.). Senators generally give across party lines — the event is meant to encourage bipartisanship at a time of year when members of Congress are generally dealing with tense issues.

That might come in handy this week, as members of both houses try to pass a spending bill and avert a government shutdown.