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In a bizarre turn of events, Representative Devin Nunes (R — Calif.) carved out a place for himself in the annals of political history—by being the first politician to submit live fish into the congressional records.
During a hearing on California's ongoing drought, Republicans argued that the drought was man-made, and caused by environmentalists. It was the result, they argued, of environmental regulations having shut down water transport systems that were endangering populations of smelt. According to Politico, at one point in the hearing Nunes "asked the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power Oversight for 'unanimous consent to submit these fish for the record.'
He then proceeded to hand a fishbowl full of smelt to the subcommittee chairwoman.
Evidently, no one has ever submitted live fish to the congressional record before, making Nunes a bold pioneer in American politics.
And what became of the smelt?
It's not clear what happened to these smelt after the hearing, though Nunes spokesman Andrew House made it clear that "they were alive when we submitted them."
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