Candy desk gets restocked during impeachment trial

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The famous candy desk on the Senate floor is getting restocked on Friday after hungry senators diminished the supply during the early days of the impeachment trial.

Since the 114th Congress, the desk has belonged to Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who stocks it with candy for colleagues. The tradition started in 1965 with then-Sen. George Murphy (R-Calif.). 

Toomey’s communication director wrote in an email to reporters that Hersey’s, which is headquartered in Pennsylvania, sent “reinforcements that have just been delivered to Senator Toomey’s office (248 Russell) this morning.”

The owner of the candy desk traditionally stocks it with candy from his or her state.

Toomey told reporters that the candy desk was “running low” on Wednesday.

The National Confectioners Association (NCA), which represents the candy industry, touted the attention the candy desk was getting in a press release on Wednesday.

“While there is likely a fair amount of disagreement among members of Congress to come in the days and weeks ahead, there is one thing Republicans, Democrats and Independents can all agree on: candy is always a treat,” NCA wrote. 

Candy isn’t the only commodity getting attention during impeachment. Milk is the only beverage, besides water, that is allowed on the Senate floor during the trial.

Trade associations that represent the milk industry did not respond to The Hill’s request for comment. 

Jordain Carney contributed to this report.

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