Newly elected Representative Cory Mills (R-FL) had an explosive way of cheering on the Republican Party House majority Thursday: inert grenades.
The congressman distributed the devices to his colleagues in a nod to his home state of Florida and his military background. Mills emphasized that he coordinated with the chamber’s sergeant-at-arms to ensure safety.
The grenades were distributed alongside a letter in which he underscored that it was his honor to work on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees. At the bottom of the letter, Mills emphasized that the grenades were inert, meaning they won’t explode.
“I am eager to work for the American people, and I look forward to working with you to deliver on this commitment. I am honored to be a part of the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees,” Mills wrote in the letter.
“In that spirit, it is my pleasure to give you a 40mm grenade, made for a MK19 grenade launcher. These are manufactured in the Sunshine State and first developed in the Vietnam War,” he added.
— Morgan Phillips (@_phillipsmorgan) January 26, 2023
A spokesperson for Mills reportedly told the Examiner, “It’s very customary for new members of Congress to bring products from their home state, and those can be relevant to their committee assignments. Congressman Mills is a combat veteran, Bronze Star recipient, and member of [House Armed Services Committee].”
“These inert 40MMs were made in the great, free state of FL, and a gift to all House Republicans in celebration of a new majority,” his spokesperson continued. “The office coordinated with sergeant at arms [and] Capitol police to clear each inert grenade, and even helped to escort them into the Capitol.”
Explosive way to kick off a term in Congress https://t.co/kSfxpk8j29
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 26, 2023
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