Outgoing Rep. Cunningham opens beer on House floor in goodbye toast to bipartisanship

Outgoing South Carolina Rep. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamWe lost in November — we're proud we didn't take corporate PAC money Chamber of Commerce slams GOP effort to challenge Biden's win Coalition of 7 conservative House Republicans says they won't challenge election results MORE (D) cracked open a beer in the name of bipartisanship during his farewell speech to Congress on Thursday.

"For the betterment of this country, we have to come together, we have to sit down and listen to one another, and maybe even have a beer," Cunningham said before grabbing a brew out of an inside pocket of his jacket and snapping it open.

"I raise this glass to my colleagues, both Democrats and Republicans," he said as he held up what The Post and Courier identified as a can of DC Brau pale ale called Joint Resolution.


Cunningham did not take a sip of the beer, and was wearing a mask while delivering his toast, per House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOklahoma man who videotaped himself with his feet on desk in Pelosi's office during Capitol riot released on bond House formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot With another caravan heading North, a closer look at our asylum law MORE's (D-Calif.) new order for members in the chamber.

The South Carolina Democrat noted his ranking as the fourth most bipartisan congressman and that President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE signed two of his bills into law.

"Our democracy has been battered and bruised, but it is not yet broken," he said on the floor. "To save it we must agree on one basic truth: The other side is not the enemy."

Cunningham was one of several House Democrats who lost their congressional race this year when he was beat by South Carolina state Rep. Nancy Mace (R). Cunningham was the first Democrat to win the seat since 1981 when he was elected in 2018.