Reid Seeks Permission For Popcorn During Senate Viewing Of ‘Lincoln’

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks to the media after a weekly policy meeting at the Capitol on March 20, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (credit: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks to the media after a weekly policy meeting at the Capitol on March 20, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (credit: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is reportedly seeking permission to allow popcorn during a special screening of the movie “Lincoln” at the U.S. Capitol.

Reid, D-Nev., set up the viewing of the new Steven Spielberg film for Dec. 19 at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and even invited the acclaimed director to join, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

But food is not allowed in the auditorium, so Reid is reportedly asking the Senate Rules Committee for a special waiver to allow popcorn and movie snacks for the viewers, according to an ABC News report. Fox News also reported that the waiver would allow for bottled water, in addition to the snacks and unbuttered popcorn.

The screening is said to be open to Reid’s fellow senators and their spouses. BuzzFeed obtained a letter signed by Reid and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that announces actor Daniel Day-Lewis will also attend the screening and stick around with Spielberg for a Q&A session afterward.

“We believe that viewing this film would provide all senators with a positive opportunity to gather and reflect during this holiday season,” the letter reads.

Reid told the Review-Journal that he loves the movie so much he’s already seen it twice.

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