Rep. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamOvernight Energy: House moves to block Trump drilling | House GOP rolls out proposal to counter offshore drilling ban | calls mount for NOAA probe House approves two bills to block Trump drilling Bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing passes House MORE (D-S.C.) was stopped by House security Friday after he attempted to bring a six-pack of beer to a fellow lawmaker on the House floor as a gesture of friendship.

Cunningham tweeted Friday that he was stopped while attempting to bring a selection of local South Carolina brews to Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazioPeter Anthony DeFazioThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump issues Taliban warning at Sept. 11 memorial Overnight Energy: Democrats call for Ross to resign over report he threatened NOAA officials | Commerce denies report | Documents detail plan to decentralize BLM | Lawmakers demand answers on bee-killing pesticide Oregon Democrats push EPA to justify use of pesticide 'highly toxic' to bees MORE (D) and was told that it was not allowed.

"Making friends when you’re a freshman is hard and I thought I’d grease the skids with some Lowcountry beer," Cunningham joked on Twitter. "Thankfully @RepPeterDeFazio got it in the end! Can I join the beer caucus now?"


A photo posted by Politico reporter Laura Barrón-López showed DeFazio walking outside the Capitol with the six-pack in hand.

Cunningham could end up being the newest member of the bipartisan "beer caucus," as an incoming freshman. The House Small Brewers Caucus, which currently includes 234 members representing 43 states, offers residents the chance to invite their representatives to join the caucus via a link on its website.

In his own tweet later Friday, DeFazio responded welcoming Cunningham to the caucus and pledging to work on a rules change regarding alcohol on the House floor.

DeFazio co-chairs the caucus, which he founded in 2007, and the group's signature achievement to date remains the inclusion of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act in the GOP tax reform package passed in December 2017.

The act made significant cuts to the federal taxes on beer, wine and spirit producers, a top priority of America's growing craft beverage industry.