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Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert finally allowed to cook ribs on his Capitol balcony

Eight premiere barbecue teams from across the United States compete in the Kingsford Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Belle, Mo. This invitation-only event was held in the hometown of the largest Kingsford manufacturing plant to declare the best of the best on the barbecue competition circuit. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Invision for Kingsford/AP Images)

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert (Texas) thinks the swamp should be drained of those who would prevent him from cooking his famous ribs on his Capitol Hill balcony.

Apparently the Architect of the Capitol held that Gohmert's office balcony could not be used for grilling as it presented a fire hazard. Gohmert, not to be outdone, has reportedly used Rep. Fred Upton’s (R-Mich.) office balcony — located, presumably, in a place where the fire hazard isn't an issue — in the past to make his ribs for other members of Congress.

But it caused him no end of consternation that he was not allowed to make, and watch others enjoy, what he says has been called "the best meat" other members have tasted.

Fortunately, it sounds like Gohmert got some help from Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and House Speaker Paul Ryan and can once again fire up the grill from the comfort of his own office. And from the sound of it, that may be a pleasing development on the Hill:

One last thing…
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