While it's easy to point to the House of Commons as the craziest legislative body in the western world, the US Congress is no slouch. Brawls, filibusters, fights, and bizarre bills are among the more outlandish things you may have heard about Congress, and with more than two hundred years of history, Washington has seen it all. The craziest things that happened in Congress went down for all sorts of reasons, though mostly it boils down to a few people really hating each other.
Civil Rights bills, sex scandals, and corruption have provided plenty of impetus for drastic action in the past, much like a call to action against gun violence inspired members of the Senate to stage a sit in on the floor in June 2016. But if you think that was wild, just wait until you see some of the crazy stuff below.
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John Boehner Openly Handed Out Lobbyist MoneyPhoto: United States Congress
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Matthew Lyon Spit in a Guy's Face and Fought Him with Tongs
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Senator Sumner Was Beaten with a CanePhoto: Photographer Unknown / Creative Commons
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Strom Thurmond Pissed in a Bucket to Keep a Filibuster Going
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