Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRepublicans would need a promotion to be 'paper tigers' Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' MORE (R-Fla.) received a lump of coal from one of his fellow senators this Christmas.
In an annual Secret Santa present swap, Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Progressives see budget deal getting close after Biden meeting Democrats at odds with Manchin over child tax credit provision MORE (D-W.Va.) gave Rubio a small statue made of coal.
“I had Marco Rubio, and we gave him a coal figurine of an elephant and a donkey,” Manchin told the Washington Post on Wednesday. “And the donkey came with a little bit of repairs needed, so I had to deliver the elephant yesterday, and I’ll get the donkey to him.”
West Virginia has the largest coal mining industry in the country.
“We don’t want to forget what keeps the lights on and what keeps the country running and what’s made this country and is still very much a part of this country,” Manchin said.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) gave Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) a hand-drawn map of the United States, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) gave Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) Dunkin' Donuts, according to reports.
Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) gave Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) jam and jellies from Arkansas; Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) gave Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) wine from her state of California; and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) gave Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) a “Georgia Clay Bread Warmer,” MSNBC reported.
The gifts were exchanged on Tuesday.