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Cory Booker Tweets About Beyoncé While Presiding Over The Senate

Even the New Jersey senator seemed excited about the new album. Tweeting from the floor isn’t allowed.

Larry Downing / Reuters

WASHINGTON — Republicans may still be able to delay President Obama’s nominees, but nothing is getting in the way of Sen. Cory Booker from sharing with the world his love of Beyoncé.

Presiding over the Senate during the 2 to 4 a.m. graveyard shift Friday morning, Booker threw caution to the wind — and the chamber’s rule book — and started tweeting away about Queen Bey.

Cory Booker

@CoryBooker

Against the rules punishable by 10hrs of confinement listening to loud polka MT @emarty Can u download Beyonce or is that against the rules?

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Cory Booker

@CoryBooker

Though it might be worth it, polka can be quite fun if you give it a chance. @emarty

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It would actually be against the rules for Booker to download the album on the floor, but that’s just because senators aren’t supposed to use electronic devices on the floor at all. Presiding senators can often be seen perusing their iPhones or iPads from the chair, but Booker, known for his frequent use of Twitter and large following, seems to be taking the rule breaking to the next level.

Around 3 a.m., halfway into his shift, Booker joked that Republicans were blasting Beyoncé in their cloak room.

Nope. But I'm told its blasting in the republican cloak room RT @sammmmurphy: are they at least playing the new beyonce album in the chamber

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker)

Cory Booker

@CoryBooker

Nope. But I’m told its blasting in the republican cloak room RT @sammmmurphy: are they at least playing the new beyonce album in the chamber

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Booker’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment, including important questions like: Did the senator actually download the album? Does he like it? Does he think Beyoncé’s new album is important enough to break Senate procedure and tweet from the chair? Booker did at least seem to understand he was breaking the rules.

@CoryBooker Mr. President, parliamentary inquiry: is the Chair permitted to use an electronic device while on the Senate floor/presiding?

— Jason C (@jasoncnj)

Jason C

@jasoncnj

@CoryBooker Mr. President, parliamentary inquiry: is the Chair permitted to use an electronic device while on the Senate floor/presiding?

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In this case, at this hour, I think it is better to ask forgiveness than permission. @jasoncnj

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker)

Cory Booker

@CoryBooker

In this case, at this hour, I think it is better to ask forgiveness than permission. @jasoncnj

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Kate Nocera is the managing editor for BuzzFeed’s Washington, D.C. bureau. Nocera is a recipient of the National Press Foundation's 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress.
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