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M&M’s all the rage among House Republicans

A candy-coated conspiracy might be brewing in the Capitol: This week, it seemed members of Congress simply couldn’t get enough M&M’s.

At Tuesday’s markup of the 2013 transportation and housing spending bill, Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) was attempting to limit spending by the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and noted that his move was opposed by Rep. Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter FrelinghuysenDem Mikie Sherrill wins open-seat NJ House race GOP House candidate receives letter threatening his children Election Countdown: Two weeks to midterms | Hollywood donors flood Dems with cash | Trump camp to spend over M on midterms | Biden rallies Florida Dems | What to watch in Georgia gov debate MORE (R-N.J.).

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“No more M&M’s for you,” LaTourette declared. “Looks like you had too many already.” 

We hear both men were red-faced as the audience roared, “Oooh!”

LaTourette subsequently withdrew his motion.

In a separate M&M-related incident Tuesday, Rep. Allen West made sure that his candies melted only in his mouth, and not anyone else’s hands.

The Florida Republican walked out of Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRepublicans jockey for top GOP spot on House Foreign Affairs Committee McMorris Rodgers won't run for GOP leadership Newly empowered House Dems eyeing Trump need to learn from Gingrich debacle MORE’s (R-Ohio) office with an apparent mouthful of the popular chocolates, telling reporters, “The M&M’s are good in there.”

When asked by the sugar-deprived press why he didn’t bring any out for them, West responded, to laughter, “I don’t believe in sharing the wealth.”

Keith Laing and Erik Wasson contributed to this report.