The following recipe was drawn from the Official Record of the United States Senate. I have had it several times in the Senate Dining room and can testify that this may be one of the reasons that people refer to our Congressional leaders as "Gasbags"
2 pounds of small Michigan navy beans
1-1/2 pounds of smoked ham hocks
Salt and pepper
Take two pounds of small Michigan navy beans, wash and run through hot water until beans are white again. Put on the fire with four quarts of hot water. Then add smoked ham hocks, boil slowly approximately 3 hours in covered pot. Braise one chopped onion in a little butter, and when light brown put in bean soup. Season with salt and pepper than serve. Do not add salt until ready to serve.
Having watched several of our esteemed leaders dine on this fine dish, I have observed that most add hot sauce and or ketchup at the table (regardless of party affiliation