By Emily Goodin - 10/04/13 11:01 PM EDT
“Free hugs,” the five students yelled as lawmakers entered and left the Capitol building for votes as amused U.S. Capitol Police watched nearby. (They were offered hugs too.)
“I got a free hug,” said Rep. Cheri BustosCheri BustosExclusive: Guccifer 2.0 hacked memos expand on Pennsylvania House races Overnight Regulation: Fight brews over minor leaguers' salaries Lawmakers push bill blocking minor league ballplayers from salary protections MORE (D-Ill.), who got one both on her way in and out.
Other lawmakers, such as Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), offered fist bumps instead.
Several male lawmakers declined the offers, explaining they were saving hugs for their wives.
“I'm gonna hug my wife -- hopefully soon,” said Rep. Tim Griffith (R-Ark.).
But Reps. Mark Sanford (S-S.C.), Krysten SinemaKyrsten SinemaHouse Dem hopes Senate feels ‘urgency of now’ for cyber Lawmakers form digital payment caucus Bipartisan group will launch TV spots for House centrists MORE (D-Ariz.), Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.), Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardHawaii GOP chairman denounces Republican challenging Tulsi Gabbard Sanders supporter Tulsi Gabbard will vote for Clinton Sanders gives blessing as Dems nominate Clinton MORE (D-Hawaii), and Pat Quigley (D-Ill.) all partook. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) even stopped her car to get out and get one.
The students, who are in town for a student government conference, were most excited to see their hometown lawmaker Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), who took a group hug and told them “keep up the good work.”
The students said after Thursday's shooting incident, they thought the lawmakers could use the hugs.
“You guys gotta come here more often,” Rep. Xavier Beccerra (D-Calif.) told them.