Senator using 'talking stick' breaks Collins' glass elephant during shutdown talks: reports

A senator inadvertently broke a glass elephant belonging to Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Senators revive effort to create McCain human rights commission MORE (R-Maine) after throwing a "talking stick" during bipartisan shutdown talks in her office, according to multiple reports.

Another senator present at the meeting told CNN that Collins presented the stick to the group to prevent interruptions during negotiations. Only the lawmaker holding the stick would be allowed to talk.

The senator told CNN that another lawmaker, who went unnamed in the report, was speaking with the stick when  a colleague interrupted. The lawmaker then “forcefully delivered” the stick across the room in response. The stick chipped the glass elephant, which was sitting on a shelf.

Politico reported that the senator in question was Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderTaylor Swift thanks Cory Booker for signing Equality Act petition Taylor Swift thanks Cory Booker for signing Equality Act petition Senate health panel to move forward on package to lower health costs next week MORE (R-Tenn.), who was tossing the stick to Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocratic senator accuses White House of blocking election security legislation Democratic senator accuses White House of blocking election security legislation Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw MORE (D-Va.).

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After the stick-throwing incident, Collins replaced the stick with a small rubber basketball that another senator had jokingly brought, according to the reports. The incident was treated good-humoredly and all the senators laughed about it, CNN reported.

The senators were meeting to discuss passing a stopgap spending bill to fund the government for another three weeks and end the three-day shutdown. The Senate voted Monday afternoon to pass the bill.

Updated: 5:27 p.m.