Coburn, Schumer to Sit Together at SOTU

Two Senators “from different parties say they’ll skip tradition and sit together during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address,” the AP reports.

The decision by Republican Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York comes amid calls for greater civility in political discourse following the fatal shootings last weekend at a political event in Tucson, Ariz.

Schumer says he and Coburn hope other lawmakers will follow their example and skip the partisan seating arrangements that usually come with joint sessions of Congress. Schumer says it’s a symbolic move but one he hopes will help set a more civil tone.

The State of the Union address is set for Jan. 25.

Coburn and Schumer spoke Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”



Filed under SOTU, Sunday Shows

2 responses to “Coburn, Schumer to Sit Together at SOTU

  1. David

    This is a mistake for Republicans. By peppering the crowd the Democrats will be able to make it appear that Obama’s agenda is accepted by both Progressives and Conservatives. Each time the Democrats stand and clap they will be standing in front of seated Republicans who will never be seen. Just another attempt by Progressives to trick America.

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