The SOTU isn’t until 9:00 pm tonight.
According to Jackson Lee, she’s “working on behalf of her constituents” with her rear parked in a seat for up to 12 hours so she can get on TV when Obama walks down the aisle.
(NBC News) — If members of Congress want to be there to greet President Obama as he walks down the aisle of the House chamber for his State of the Union address tonight, they’re going to have to save their seats now.
There are currently four members holding their aisle seats for the State of the Union address later today, more than nine hours before the speech is scheduled to take place.
Those members (at the moment): Reps. Al Green (D-TX), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Barbara Lee (D-CA).
But while Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) said on MSNBC Tuesday that members can just leave items in a chair and claim it later, according to a note sent to members from the speaker’s office this morning, if a member wants the seat, they have to stay in it the entire time.