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Senators spotted in group hug during trade vote

The Senate is starting out its week with a little bipartisan friendship.

Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) hugged it out on the sidelines of a Monday evening vote.

{mosads}The four senators exchanged hugs, including a handshake and side hug between Scott and Sasse. Then, Heitkamp and the two Republicans senators group hugged, before Booker joined in.

Senators were on the floor to vote on the Defend Trade Secrets Act. The legislation — which would beef up federal law on the theft of trade secrets — passed easily, 87-0.

Heitkamp quickly shared the video on Twitter, adding that the Senate work week was starting with “a little bipartisan love.”

Booker joked that the moment was “perhaps the best bipartisan group hug on the Senate Floor in U.S. history.”

The hugs apparently weren’t without a little controversy. After a Twitter user called the four senators “oathbreakers,” Sasse fired back on Twitter. 

 

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