(The Hill) — There will likely be at least some bipartisan seating in the House chamber for President Obama’s speech next week.
Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) does not plan to renew his previous call for lawmakers to sit together in a symbolic gesture of unity. However, he intends to set an example at Obama’s jobs speech, which will take place before a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8.
“Mark Udall plans to ask a Republican to sit with him at the President’s speech, just as he did at the State of the Union address,” Udall’s spokeswoman Tara Trujillo said in an email Friday. “Mark hopes other Members of Congress will do the same.”
Udall sent a letter to fellow lawmakers in January prior to Obama’s State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.