GOP senator asks if he can use the decorative spittoons on the Senate floor during impeachment trial
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). Image via screengrab.

On the second day of the Senate impeachment trial, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) caused a slight stir when the Sergeant at Arms requested he put away a pouch of chewing tobacco on his desk.


Sasse reportedly responded by asking the Sergeant at Arms whether the spittoons on the Senate floor are decorative.

The Senate rules place tight restrictions on what lawmakers can bring into the chamber during the impeachment proceedings. For example, the only beverages permitted in the chamber are water and milk.