Rep. Engel has hated smokers for years – and probably for good reason. When I worked on the Hill my boss was a smoker, a Congressman in the office next to us was a cigar smoker, as was the member across the hall from him. Directly across the hall from my office was Rep. Engel’s office. Needless to say he didn’t like his neighbors very much.

He loved the idea of getting his Rayburn suite, until he met his neighbors. Back in those days (and I think probably still today) Members of Congress could smoke in their offices. He tried for years to get rules passed that forbid smoking in congressional buildings including members.

That is probably the reason he spells out Legislative buildings in his legislation. After all if you ask a Congressman – they are above the Government – not a part of it.