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January 31, 2013

Senators want everyone to sit together at State of the Union

Time for harmony again in Congress.

Sens. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have sent a letter to congressional leaders asking them to continue the two-year-old tradition of having lawmakers from both parties sit with one another during the State of the Union address.

President Barack Obama will deliver the speech to a joint session of Congress Feb. 12. For years, Democrats sat on the president's right, Republicans on the left. That changed two years ago--but it didn't seem to end the partisan sniping.

Udall and Murkowski acknowledged that in their letter. But, they said, “We feel it has been a very important step in the right direction, symbolizing the importance of working together to solve the common challenges we face in securing a strong future for the United States.”

To read the letter: http://www.scribd.com/doc/123020270/Letter-from-Senators-Mark-Udall-D-Colo-and-Lisa-Murkowski-R-Alaska-to-Congressional-Leaders-on-Bipartisan-Seating-at-the-President-s-2013-State-o


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