Senators give candy, Adele albums in Secret Santa gift swap
Senators on Tuesday evening gathered to exchange Christmas gifts as part of a Secret Santa event organized by Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenTake Trump literally and seriously in Minnesota Ninth woman accuses Al Franken of inappropriate contact Al Franken to host SiriusXM radio show MORE (D-Minn.). 
 
"This is something we used to do at my elementary school back in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and it was a great way to mix things up and give kids the chance to get to know one another," he said in a statement. "Ever since I started hosting this event, it’s done exactly what it was supposed to do: create comity and good cheer in an institution badly in need of both. I think we did just that.”
 
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Franken hosted his fifth annual gift swap with 59 senators participating, including both Republicans and Democrats. 
 
This year's swap comes as lawmakers are locked down in discussions over contentious policy riders as they seek to avoid a government shutdown by Friday, and trying to negotiate an extension for a package of tax breaks.
 
 
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