More from Majority Leader Harry Reid on Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb.:
Reid, in a Senate floor tribute to Nelson, who is retiring, recalled how Nelson, an accomplished hunter, took a friend along.
"At one time, to the consternation of all of us, he decided to was going to take Senator Schumer from New York hunting for pheasant," Reid said.
Schumer, with his thick New York accent, is a Brooklyn native who still makes his home there, and is known to be quick on the draw with a quip or a zinger, not with a hunting rifle.
Anyway, said Reid of the trip, "Everyone survived it alive, and Ben Nelson still boasts about how he...came back in one piece.
"So the story goes, Senator Schumer even shot a bird or two. But a lot of us have some trouble accepting that, but that's what Ben says and I'll take him at his word."