Zinke, Murkowski Heal Rift and Bond Over Beer

Sec. Ryan Zinke and Sen. Lisa Murkowski / Screenshot


Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) have made up with beer after butting heads over health care.

Zinke tweeted out a photo of the two of them at his Washington, D.C. home holding Alaskan beer, the Associated Press reports.

"Thanks, @lisamurkowski," he wrote.

The beer the two were drinking, Alaskan Brewing Co.'s Icy Bay IPA, is made in Juneau, Alaska.

After Murkowski voted against Senate Republicans' health care plan, Zinke called her and said that there may be repercussions for her dissent. Murkowski's home state of Alaska is heavily affected by the Department of the Interior.

Murkowski is the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and sits on an Appropriations subcommittee, which holds funding control over the Department of the Interior. Her power may have been connected to the two's détente.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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